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Warner & Kaine Announce Over $8.1 Million in Federal Funding to Improve Wastewater Treatment in Kilmarnock and Clarksville

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $8,165,000 in federal funding to improve wastewater treatment in Kilmarnock and Clarksville. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides funding for sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas.

“It’s critical for the health and safety of all Virginians that our water infrastructure is up-to-date,” said the senators. “We’re glad Kilmarnock and Clarksville are receiving this funding to improve their wastewater treatment plants.”

The funding is distributed as follows:

  • $4,957,000 for Kilmarnock to modernize two wastewater treatment plants to the five-stage Bardenpho system, which is designed to more effectively remove nitrogen, phosphorus, and other harmful materials, enhance the aeration system, construct a new glycerin-feed facility, install cloth disk filters, replace the ultraviolet (UV) system with a low-pressure high-output one, and upgrade other features to bring the systems into compliance with Department of Environmental Quality regulations. These upgrades will help better protect the health and safety of community members and the environment by preventing harmful substances from entering local waterways.
  • $2,260,000 for Clarksville to upgrade their wastewater treatment system by improving an integrated fixed film activated sludge (IFAS) system, an activated-sludge reactor with a center divider wall and diffusers, submersible mixers, piping, and a blower building, and replace the Kinderton pump station with three grinder pumps and related features. This will protect the health and safety of 1,241 residents. Clarksville will also receive a loan of $948,000 for this work.

Warner and Kaine have long supported efforts to improve water infrastructure across the Commonwealth, including announcing over $4 million in federal funding, courtesy of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, for clean water improvement in Virginia in September of this year.