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Storey County Breaks Ground on $2.12 Million 5-Mile Water Line Project; Celebrates $20 Million in Infrastructure Improvements

Kelly K. Clark
Virginia City
Release Date

Storey County today broke ground on a $2.1 million water project to replace a water line originally built in the 1870s. Over 1,450 feet of new water main will be constructed to connect Virginia City to the 5-mile Reservoir. USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service provided a 40-year Water and Waste Disposal loan for the project, which was obligated in 2016.

“Between 2013 and 2018, USDA Rural Development has assisted Storey County with more than $20 million in wastewater and water systems infrastructure funding.  Of that, $11 million was provided through USDA’s Water and Environment (WEP) grant funds; another $9 million from WEP low-interest loans,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Phil Cowee.

“Congratulations on finishing out the sewer project on time and on budget. As you start the next chapter, replacing a water line that is over 100 years old, USDA is confident that you will finish out strong, making good on your commitment to do well for your community and provide a sustainable water system for many years to come.” 

The Storey County Fire District hoisted the American flag from the ladder of the county’s pumper truck and Virginia City High School Choir sang the national anthem under a rainy sky. 

Dignitaries from the Storey County Commission, Farr-West Engineering and Ames Construction participated in a celebratory flush of a golden painted commode to symbolically close out the sewer project

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. With a portfolio of $224 billion, this agency's assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/nv .