July 13, 2020

Warner & Kaine Applaud $500,000 in Federal Funding to Improve Town of Pulaski Wastewater Treatment Facility

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded $500,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding to improve the Town of Pulaski’s wastewater treatment facility and support 340 jobs.

“We are glad to know that these federal dollars will be put to use in Pulaski to improve wastewater infrastructure and increase capacity as Pulaski continues to grow,” said the Senators.

Currently, the Town of Pulaski’s collection system and pump stations devote a large percentage of capacity to processing corrosive wastewater from a large manufacturing business – capacity that is now needed for a proposed new school and residential development. This funding will allow the Town of Pulaski to install new infrastructure that will limit the impact of the corrosive wastewater on the collection system, pump stations, and related equipment by shortening the path and partially treating the wastewater on-site. 

This funding – along with $1,000,000 from other federal sources, $700,000 from state sources, and $434,050 from local sources – will be used to the install a one million gallon wastewater storage tank, a new pump station, 100 linear feet of 12-inch force main sewer line, 550 linear feet of 12-inch sewer line, and 200 linear feet of 8-inch sewer line. The new sewer line will route the wastewater to the treatment plant using the shortest route possible and bypassing two pump stations. The new million-gallon process water storage tank will be used to hold and treat the wastewater before allowing it to enter the new sewer lines and treatment plant.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.