CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Efforts to upgrade the water distribution system in Clarksburg got a major boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the office of U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

Capito, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $6.88 million in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Clarksburg Water Board (CWB) Monday.

Now, service lines in the communities of Northview, Rosebud and Stealey neighborhoods, a transmission line off Van Buren Street and emergency repair and remediation of a water main break on West Pike Street in downtown Clarksburg will all be addressed.

“Following the discovery of the lead service lines in Clarksburg, I worked directly with the water board and the EPA on how to properly address potential contamination and next steps for removal and remediation,” Capito said. “I am proud to see these resources go directly to the Clarksburg Water Board, which has been working tirelessly to ensure their customers throughout Harrison County have access to safe and reliable water sources during renovations to the entire system.”

CWB launched an $85 million upgrade when surveillance testing for lead in schools showed elevated levels in three students in 2022. Estimates indicate up to $27 million will be spent on service lines and the balance will be spent on main work.