The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has announced awards of more than $13 million in grant funds for water, sewer and drainage projects. This brings the number of projects awarded to 61 in fiscal year 2017, totaling nearly $24 million.
Projects in the Midlands included:
- Calhoun County economic water infrastructure ($500,000)
- City of Camden sewer system improvements ($500,000)
- Town of Eastover pump station upgrade ($96,525)
- Saluda Commission of Public Works pump station upgrade ($500,000)
- City of West Columbia water tank improvements ($500,000)
- Town of Swansea water line upgrades ($498,500)
“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. “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.”
Beyond making direct improvements to collection and distribution lines, storage tanks, pump stations and treatment plants, these projects will 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.
Now in its fifth year of funding, the RIA supports such efforts through its statewide financing programs.
RIA 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. Applicants are required to match the RIA funding request. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on criteria, including: severity of the problem, expected impact and project feasibility.