State Director Jenny Phillips today announced that Rural Development has approved a loan of $975,000 and a grant of $910,000 to the Town of Harrisville, Ritchie County, WV. The assistance will be made through the rural utilities programs.

Rural Development funds will be utilized to extend public water service to approximately 223 new customers in various unincorporated areas of Ritchie County. The project will consist of 30 miles of new waterline, two 100,000 gallon storage tanks, two booster stations, and necessary appurtenances.

"This project will help alleviate the ever-increasing demand for water supply, low pressure, and lack of fire protection in our rural communities," Phillips said.

USDA Rural Development serves as the lead Federal entity for rural development needs and administers program assistance through its rural housing programs, rural business programs, and rural utilities programs. Further information on USDA Rural Development may be obtained by contacting any USDA Service Center or by visiting USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov. In West Virginia, call 1-800-295-8228 to be put in touch with the appropriate personnel serving your county.