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$500,000 For Wastewater Plant Passes House

The U.S. House passed the Conference Report on the FY10 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill on Thursday which includes a $500,000 funding request for upgrading and expanding the Maple Avenue wastewater treatment plant in Halifax County. Once approved by the Senate, the conference report will go to President Obama for his signature.

Willie Jones, executive director of the Halifax County Service Authority, said, “This is a very important piece of a $19 million funding package.  We need multiple funding sources, and this will be the first piece of the puzzle to fall into place.”

Increasing the capacity of the wastewater plant is a top priority of Halifax County for the attraction of new business.

Earlier a $25,000 USDA grant was approved for the Maple Avenue plant to fund planning studies to determine the operational efficiency, economic benefit, and environmental improvements of the planned expansion.

The 5th District congressional office is working closely with the Halifax County Service Authority and the Southside Planning District Commission to secure additional federal funds from USDA for the project.