Lieutenant Colonel Lewton participates in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Cowen Wastewater Treatment Plant and tours the newly improved and expanded facilities. The project is part of the Southern West Virginia Environmental Restoration Infrastructure and Resources Protection Development Pilot Program was authorized by Section 340 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-580), as amended. The program provides design and construction assistance to non-Federal interests, including nonprofit entities, for carrying out water related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects in southern West Virginia, including projects for wastewater treatment and related facilities; water supply, storage, treatment, and distribution facilities; surface water resource protection and development; and environmental restoration.
The project upgrades the existing wastewater treatment plant by adding a sequencing batch reactor treatment system to replace an oxidation ditch; using the oxidation ditch for an equalization basin; adding a tertiary treatment system; and constructing sludge handling facilities.
The project’s stakeholders include the West Virginia Infrastructure Jobs and Development Council (WVIJDC), Rural Utilities Service, Appalachian Regional Commission, Cowen Public Service District, Town of Cowen, Regional Planning and Development Council, and residents and businesses served by the system.