BPW has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for major improvements to the Macedonia water distribution system. The improvements include upgrading an existing pump station, constructing a new pump station, and installing over 18,000 linear feet of 12-inch water main. These infrastructure upgrades will make water service available to an additional 25,000 acres in the Macedonia area.
BPW’s planned improvements will address several deficiencies that were identified in a 2021 study conducted in the Macedonia community. The new water main will extend service in the high-growing area adjacent to the Interstate 85 corridor, which will support future economic development. In addition, these system-wide improvements will provide reliable water service at a higher pressure and greater volume.
The new 12-inch water main will run along Beaver Dam Road, Beaver Ridge Road, and Love Springs Road, with a short stretch along Sarratt School Road. It will replace an existing 6-inch line, improving water service for current residents and businesses in that area. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024.
ARC identified this project as one that will “result in private sector investment and substantially enhance the community and economic development potential of the area,” according to the funding approval announcement that was sent to BPW.
ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government, focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian region. Its mission is to partner with and invest in communities in order to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth.