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St. Martin water system wins federal funding

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 13:52:14-04

The Henderson Nina Water System received part of $281 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for water and wastewater infrastructure.

The system received a grant of $8,512,000.

"This Rural Development investment will be used to modernize a water system. The project improvements will include drilling a well, expanding water lines, adding filters and a softener water system to replace obsolete infrastructure to meet safe drinking water standards. A variable frequency motor drive will be added to increase energy efficiency for the existing system. Approximately 781 new customers will be added to the system. The project will also absorb three water systems that have Department of Health and Hospitals violations and provide service to others that currently have arsenic in their existing wells," a release from the USDA states.

The grants were made in rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“These investments will bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones and upgrade water handling systems that are decades old. These investments create jobs and improve public health and safety for our rural neighbors,” Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA is funding projects in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits.