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Service Authority Receives $1M Grant

A total of $1,072,146 has been awarded to the Halifax County Service Authority for engineering and construction of a waterline extension. This new waterline, which will be extended north of the town of Halifax, will replace wells that have been contaminated by a leaking underground storage tank, according to HCSA officials.

The waterline will be extended northwest from its present terminus on US Route 501 to the former Charlie’s General Merchandise Property.

Water service also will be extended southwest from the intersection of U.S. Route 501 and Occoneechee Trail to the intersection of Occoneechee Trail and Lakeshore Drive, where it will be extended into Lakeshore Drive.

Waterline distances are as follows:

• Route 501 Main to Charlie’s General Merchandise: 3,630 feet

• Occoneechee Trail: 2,680 feet

• Lakeshore Drive: 3,930 feet

This project also involves plumbing from the meter box into 19 residences and one business (formerly Charlie’s General Merchandise store), along with payment of the service connections for these locations.

The grant money will go toward eliminating the health hazards associated with well water contamination, as well as extending water to areas of Halifax that could serve as sites for future economic development, according to a release from the 5th District congressional office.

“This [water contamination] has been a long-term problem that is now being addressed,” said Willie Jones, director of the Halifax County Service Authority. “I anticipate that this ARRA-funded project will be a benefit to residents in our community.”

The Recovery Act grant from DEQ, specifically through the Petroleum Storage Tank Program, will cover the entire cost of the project.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allocated $200 million nationwide in funding through the Recovery Act for its Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund, $4.647 million of which came to Virginia to support projects such as this.