U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) on Thursday announced the approval of $10.9 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding to improve water and wastewater systems for four rural Mississippi communities.
Projects in DeSoto, Grenada, Perry, and Pike counties will benefit from USDA Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program funding. The total $10,907,500 in FY2021 appropriated funding includes $9,601,500 in low-interest loans and $1,846,000 in grants.
“I’m pleased to see USDA Rural Development advance public utility projects for the residents in these Mississippi communities. The improvements these investments will support should ensure more reliable water and wastewater services, which are quality of life requirements,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.
The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program focuses on the water and wastewater infrastructure needs of rural communities of 10,000 or less, providing funds for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses.
These are FY2021 grants for Mississippi:
·Nesbit Water Association, Inc., Nesbit – $5,150,000 loan to replace an aging water treatment plant, reactivate three idle wells, construct a 500,000 gallon elevated water storage tank, and install enhanced water distribution piping.
·City of Grenada – $2,069,000 loan and $1,400,000 grant to construct a 400-gallon per minute permanent water well, install chlorination, phosphate feeder, and fluoridation, 125 kilowatt generator, 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank, distribution lines, and related accessories.
·Janice Water System Association, Inc., Brooklyn – $331,000 loan and $446,000 grant to install new automatic-read meters throughout the north and south system and add a 100,000 gallon elevated storage tank in the north system.
·Friendship Community Water System, Inc., McComb – $1,511,500 loan to facilitate construction of a new central water treatment plant at well site number three to provide additional source of clean water for customers.