Article by: Kathy Still
The water project in Derby was part of a $1.8 million community revitalization effort. The project received $1.6 million in Virginia Department of Housing funding. Many residents in Derby had been struggling to maintain clean water since a local coal company moved out of the area and stopped maintaining water lines built in 1908. With the help of the Virginia Department of Housing, the Virginia Self-Help Program, and the help of Gov. Mark Warner, the residents were able to add clean water to their homes.
Article By: Amy Gatley
Wise County was granted almost $2 million to bring sewer services to 100 homes in the Derby Community. The rehabilitation was a self-help project because over 50% of the work will be done by volunteer workers in the local community. With the area's great history of coal, the community has been trying to get the town turned into a historic tourist spot in Virginia. With the help of the renovations to homes and the sewer lines done with the self-help project, the town was able to become a historic landmark for VA.