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Laurens gets federal funding for storm preparation

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The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $3.1 million grant to the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission to make water infrastructure improvements needed to keep businesses open in the event of future severe weather events.

The grant funds two system upgrades to a new water treatment plant on Lake Greenwood — a new water line and an elevated water tank. According to a news release from the Commerce Department, the water supply improvements are essential to mitigate interruption risks that businesses experience during severe weather conditions.

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Upper Savannah Council of Governments, which is funded in part by the Economic Development Administration.

This project is funded as part of $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance Program funds Congress appropriated for disaster relief and recovery as a result of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and other natural disasters in 2017, according to the news release.

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