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Rural Infrastructure Authority awards grants for improvements

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Ten Upstate municipalities and water/sewer districts were awarded nearly $3 million in grants from the state’s Rural Infrastructure Authority.

The grants were among the more than $13 million awarded statewide for various water, sewer and drainage projects. According to the RIA, it has awarded 61 projects in FY2017 totaling approximately $24 million.

Projects earning grants range from improvements to water and sewer collection and distribution lines, storage tanks, pump stations and treatment plants, according to a news release. The RIA said the grants impact “more than 50,000 residential customers and 6,000 businesses by ensuring safe drinking water for residents, providing reliability for area businesses and boosting economic opportunities.”

"Funding these infrastructure projects provides a path to stronger communities, helping set the table for economic development," said S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, who also serves as board chairman, in the release. "Such investments in infrastructure support homes, schools and businesses across South Carolina and improve the quality of life for all who live, work and play in our state."

In the Upstate, the town of Central, the city of Seneca and the city of Inman each received $500,000 for sewer infrastructure and improvement. The city of Westminster was granted $411,064 for sewer system improvements while the town of Grey Court received $250,000 for water line upgrades.

The city of Greenwood was granted $147,598 for drainage system upgrades and the town of Due West received $142,000 for sewer system improvements.


S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority grant awards, May 2017 - Upstate

Entity                                                                    Type of grant                                     Amount

Town of Central                                                Economic sewer infrastructure         $500,000

Donalds-Due West Water and Sewer            Water line upgrades                           $307,500

Town of Due West                                           Sewer system improvements             $142,000

Town of Grey Court                                         Water line upgrades                             $250,000

City of Greenwood                                          Drainage system upgrades                  $147,598

City of Inman                                                    Economic sewer infrastructure          $500,000

Liberty-Chesnee-Fingerville Water                Water line upgrades                             $263,057

City of Seneca                                                   Sewer system improvements             $500,000

City of Union                                                     Economic water infrastructure           $159,725

City of Westminster                                        Sewer system improvements              $411,064

Total                                                                                                                                      $2,811,044

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