FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice Wednesday announced West Virginia has secured $1.5 million in federal grant funding that will be used for improvements to the water systems in the Fayette County communities of Powellton and Deep Water.

“It’s a great day for Fayette County and another great day for West Virginia,” he said. “We were able to identify several communities across the state that were in greatest need of help with upgrading water lines and other projects, so I’m excited to be able to give away another big amount of federal money to help make everyday life better for our people right here at home.”

The funds are part of $13.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant money designated for various water/sewer line and broadband improvement projects throughout West Virginia this year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In Powellton, a portion of the grant will be used to replace the existing water storage tank and to upgrade about 10,000 feet of existing water lines. The rest of the funds will be used to upgrade approximately 9,000 feet of existing water lines and related infrastructure in Deep Water.

“We wish we had $13 billion, and we would fix everything we had, coming and going, all at one time, but this is a good start and we just want to keep on doing more and more for all of our people here in West Virginia,” said Justice.

Gov. Justice will hold two press conferences Thursday to announce federal grants that have been awarded to multiple communities within Wyoming and McDowell counties.