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Rahall meets with Wyoming Co. residents affected by water issues

BECKLEY, W.Va. – While visiting the Herndon Consolidated School in Bud and the Pentecostal Church of God in Alpoca, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today talked with local residents about his efforts to address their water concerns, including his longstanding work to preserve and expand Federal programs needed to address the growing backlog of unmet water infrastructure needs throughout West Virginia and the Nation.
"Basic infrastructure, like clean tap water, does more than help the local economy; it keeps families healthier and raises the quality of life in our communities.  Our smaller communities should have a fair shot at these essential services, which is why I have continually sought to open new infrastructure funding streams for our region," said Rahall.  "The Covel project, using funds from an AML program I established, is one way in which I will continue working with local and state officials to connect as many taps as possible to clean drinkable water."
In Bud and Alpoca, where there has been a longstanding boil water advisory in effect, the Eastern Wyoming Public Service District (PSD), in partnership with the Wyoming County Commission, has taken steps to repair the existing water system.  The long-term fix, known as the Covel project, will bring a new transmission main to serve the Bud/Alpoca area.
Rahall, who serves as top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has helped to make available for the Covel project nearly $5.7 million, all of which – except for $125,000 – is Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funding that resulted from legislation he sponsored in 1992 and 2006.   
"For too many communities, the millions of dollars required for much-needed infrastructure projects are simply out of reach.  That is precisely why, throughout my career, I have battled to preserve federal programs that aid our communities in developing water and sewer systems.  With budget cuts hitting every part of the Federal budget, I consistently have had to fight against the mindset of some who believe that our small communities and rural citizens should just have to fend for themselves," said Rahall.
Rahall has contacted the Public Service Commission to ask for immediate attention to any issues pertaining to Alpoca Water Works and the Bud/Alpoca community.   He also has been in contact with local and county officials, who are working to address the needs of the community until the boil water advisory is lifted.  Their efforts include the supplying of bottled water and sanitary wipes to Herndon Consolidated Elementary and Middle School and the distribution of donated water to the community. 
"Our Nation must continue making investments until we reach a time when every faucet flows as expected with clean, clear, and drinkable water.  The citizens of Bud, as well as every community throughout West Virginia and the Nation, deserve nothing less," said Rahall.
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