Buchanan County, Virginia getting money for water expansion project

More than 140 Buchanan County families will be served by a $3.5 million public water project, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Thursday.

Buchanan County will receive $3.5 million in abandoned mine land funds to serve residents near Hurley, according to a written statement. The project was selected for construction funding starting in April under a program administered by the state's Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

"Due to recent reauthorization of the federal abandoned mine land program and a subsequent increase in available grant funds, Virginia is continuing to expand the construction of public water projects in the Southwest Virginia coalfield region," McDonnell said in the statement.

Funds for the program originate from reclamation taxes paid by the state's coal producers. To be eligible, water supplies in the project area had to be impacted by pre-1981 coal mining activities.

This will be the third phase of a water line extension project in the Hurley area.

Since 1984, the program has provided more than $36.8 million dollars to provide clean drinking water for more than 8,200 households, the release states.

Additional funding for the project will come from the Department of Housing and Community Development, Coalfield Water Development Fund, Southwest Virginia regional water and wastewater construction fund, Buchanan County Public Service Authority and the county's Board of Supervisors.

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