From Press Reports
A water storage project funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission
will provide water service to 225 households and three businesses in
Webster County, which is an ARC-designated distressed county.
The project, which entails an ARC grant in the amount of $300,000 to
the Cumberland Water Association, will construct a new 100,000-gallon
water storage tank that will allow for improved water pressure in the
county’s water system.
In addition to the households and businesses served, it will also
provide restored water service to the new East Webster High School
campus with approximately 400 students and 50 teachers and
administrators. The school was destroyed by a tornado in 2011 and is
in the process of being rebuilt.
“Building and improving basic infrastructure remains one of the
essential building blocks of economic development in the Appalachian
Region,” stated ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl. “I’ve had the
privilege of visiting Webster County, and I know that the improvement
of the Cumberland Water System will help promote the local economy by
strengthening the basic infrastructure needed to help rebuild the
East Webster High School campus and by ensuring continued water
service to small businesses.”
Sen. Roger Wicker welcomed the project, stating, “This water
construction project is important to economic growth and job creation
in Webster County. The Appalachian Regional Commission continues to
play a key role in Mississippi communities following the devastating
tornado in 2011.
These basic infrastructure projects are a critical part of the
recovery process and help improve the quality of life for all
In addition to ARC funds, other federal sources will provide
$426,000, bringing the total project funding to $726,000.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a partnership of the 13
Appalachian states with the federal government that was founded by
Congress in 1965. It works with the people of Appalachia to bring the
Region into economic parity with the rest of the nation by creating
opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved
quality of life.