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Top Officials Laud Funds For Sewer Upgrades

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen A. Merrigan and 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello joined USDA and local officials Thursday to commend the Halifax County Service Authority (HCSA) in securing $15 million in federal funds to upgrade the Maple Avenue wastewater treatment plant in South Boston. The plant upgrade has been one of the HCSA’s top priorities, according to HCSA Executive Director Willie Jones. When completed, the upgraded facility will double its treatment capacity from two million gallons per day to 4 million gallons per day, Jones said. The plant also will be brought into compliance with wastewater regulations issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, he added.

“Economic assistance to rural communities for investments in water availability is especially valuable, given the borrowing constraints that many communities may face,” said Deputy Secretary Merrigan. “These Recovery Act investments in water and wastewater infrastructure will create construction jobs, help deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment throughout rural America.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus bill, will provide a $5 million loan for the upgrade, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program will provide a $10.4 million grant. An additional $550,000 will come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) program, and the Virginia Tobacco Commission will contribute $575,000.