Four South Arkansas communities have received loans, grants or loan-grant combinations from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.
The grant cycle included $891 million in funding for 220 rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure (USDA) projects, serving 787,000 people in 43 states.
The South Arkansas projects:
Town of Eudora, $408,000 loan, $1,167,000 grant.
This will be used to upgrade the city’s water system. These upgrades will consist of construction of a new water well and the rehabilitation of three existing water storage tanks.
City of Foreman, $1,224,000 loan.
This will be used to improve the city’s wastewater treatment facility. These improvements include installing aeration units, a two-stage nitrification reactor, and a tertiary filter to remove suspended solids. Portions of the wastewater system were updated in 2016, however, the age and condition of the system varies throughout. These improvements will provide a necessary update to the system.
Town of Hermitage, $499,000 loan.
This will be used to improve the city’s wastewater system. The improvements will include renovation of the existing lagoons and levees that have incurred damage from burrowing wildlife causing severe erosion. The damage will be repaired and a deterrent will be installed to prevent future damage. The existing flow control valves will also be replaced.
Outside Kingsland Water Association, $111,000 loan, $324,000 grant.
Money will be used to rehabilitate two water tanks and replace all water meters. The water tank rehabilitation will consist of new interior and exterior coatings and installation of a mixing system in each tank. Rehabilitation to both tanks will ensure water quality and reliability of the water system.
The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas with populations of 10,000 or less.