The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund recently loaned more than $18 million to the Elk Valley Public Service District in Kanawha County to upgrade its aging wastewater treatment plant and pumping station.
The Elk Valley PSD recently closed on an $18,061,117 loan, which carries a 0 percent interest rate and will be repaid over the next 30 years. The total project cost $19.7 million and the Kanawha County Commission, West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, and the Elk Valley PSD are providing the balance of funds needed.
The improvements will allow the district to continue to meet its NPDES permit limits in the future, as well as provide for adequate capacity for future growth. The project will protect the water quality of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers and curtail excessive infiltration and inflow following storm events that are now entering the sewer system.
“Governor Manchin is committed to providing basic infrastructure needs such as water and sewer services to the people across this state,” said Randy Huffman, DEP Cabinet Secretary. “The staff in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund share the Governor’s commitment and work very closely with the community to make projects like this one a reality.”
The upgrades are expected to be completed by November 2010. The contractors are Hayslett Construction of Hurricane and Eastern States Pump and Equipment, Inc., of Kenova.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund is a funding program that addresses water quality problems through wastewater facility construction, upgrades, or expansions.