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Upstate communities get infrastructure grants

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The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority has approved grant assistance for 27 communities, totaling more than $12 million, to strengthen water, sewer and storm water infrastructure and open doors for economic opportunities across the state. Fourteen of the recipients are in the Upstate.

"The RIA supports community projects with the greatest need and addresses infrastructure issues that have the potential to hinder quality of life and economic growth," said Bonnie Ammons, S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority executive director, in a news release.

Grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability and economic development, the release said. Applications are selected based on criteria including severity of the problem, expected impact and project feasibility. Recipients share in the cost of projects by paying for non-construction activities and, sometimes providing additional funds for construction.

Grant recipients in the Upstate include:

  • City of Abbeville, sewer system improvements, $500,000
  • Big Creek Water and Sewage District, water line upgrades, $500,000
  • Town of Calhoun Falls, sewer system improvements, $370,150
  • Cherokee County, economic sewer infrastructure, $500,000
  • City of Clinton, water line upgrades, $168,795
  • Greenwood Commission of Public Works, water line upgrades, $500,000
  • Greenwood Commission of Public Works, economic water infrastructure, $470,000
  • City of Greenwood, drainage system upgrade, $235,464
  • Town of Honea Path, sewer system improvements, $247,610
  • Laurens County, economic sewer infrastructure, $500,000
  • Oconee Joint Regional sewer Authority, economic sewer infrastructure, $935, 566
  • Powdersville Water District, economic water infrastructure, $500,000
  • Spartanburg Water System, water line upgrades, $500,000
  • City of Walhalla, water line interconnection, $118,400

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