The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority is helping to ensure safe drinking water by providing grant assistance to 28 communities. The grants total more than $12 million, which will provide infrastructure reliability to residents and area businesses.
“These funds are vital to help communities make the necessary investments to modernize and improve their water and sewer infrastructure,” said Bonnie Ammons, executive director of RIA, in a news release.
The funds will be used for construction of pump stations, elevated water storage tanks, line extensions as well as upgrades to treatment plants. Nearly two-thirds of the projects are in rural and less-developed counties.
The town of Batesburg-Leesville in Lexington County received a $130,515 grant to make water tank improvements. The largest grant, $1 million, was given to the city of Union for economic sewer improvements.
RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process which considers need for improved public health, environment protection, community sustainability and economic development.