$500,000 approved for water system expansion

$500,000 approved for water system expansion The Board of Water and Natural Resources approved a $500,000 grant from the state Consolidated Water Funding Program to Clay Rural Water System to expand its service area into southern Union County.

Gov. Mike Rounds recommended funding, which was approved when the board met Wednesday and Thursday in Pierre.

"Clay Rural Water officials have been working hard to develop a proposal to expand their drinking water system into southern Union County to serve 90 rural users and two housing developments," said Rounds. "This grant will help them put together a financing package that will make this expansion project a reality."

Rural water system officials propose to purchase and expand the existing drinking water treatment plant at the Wynstone housing development to provide additional capacity and to advance the treatment of the water. This plant will be the primary water source for the project. It will then be distributed to a new 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank in the area of the water treatment plant and also to the new rural customers and two housing developments.

The total estimated cost of the project is $4,335,048.

The state consolidated water funding program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. Revenues come from dedicated water funds that are deposited in the state water and environment fund. The legislature appropriates water and environment funds annually to the consolidated program through the Governor's Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

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