Scott County, Big Stone Gap get sewer, water funds

Mike Still • May 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM

GATE CITY – A sewer project serving the Daniel Boone community and an overhaul of water lines in Big Stone Gap were among $10.45 million in federally-funded rural Virginia projects announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Scott County Public Service Authority was awarded $538,000 – half as a loan, half as grant – in USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program money to round out a $3.32 million sewer line project along Daniel Boone Highway east of U.S. Route 23, Scott County PSA Director Mike Dishman said Thursday. The latest award will allow the PSA to complete sewer connections to households south of the rail line along Daniel Boone Highway.

Dishman said the project will serve between 90 and 100 customers when completed and will eliminate straight-pipe outlets into Moccasin Creek.

Big Stone Gap will receive $1.76 million in loan and $2.09 million in grant funds for an overhaul of the town’s water distribution system. Town Manager Steve Lawson said the funds will allow replacement of approximately 33,500 feet of water line of various diameters, replacement of water meters, new master meters, an upgraded pump station and other equipment on the network.

Lawson said the project will help address leakage problems and boost water pressure while upgrading the overall water system.

Lawson said the funds will allow the town to start the bidding process for contractors with the goal of a September start on the project. Construction and installation will take about two years in phases, he said, and will improve service for about 5,000 customers in town limits and surrounding areas.

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