JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – Two local water associations have received more than $4 million to help improve their equipment.
U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, Roger Wicker and Representatives Gregg Harper and Trent Kelly announced Tuesday more than $6.8 million in federal grants and low-interest loans to improve water and wastewater systems for three rural Mississippi communities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development approved $1.53 million in grants and $5.33 million in loans to finance system upgrades in rural areas of Lauderdale, Lee and Winston counties.
The funding is provided by the Water and Waste Water Disposal Loans and Grants Program.
The Mooreville-Richmond Water Association in Lee County was awarded a $2.0 million loan for a new well, generator, chemical building and equipment, and distribution upgrades.
The Liberty Plattsburg Water Association in Winston County was awarded a total of $2.42 million ($1.4 million loan, $416,000 grant) to construct a new 300 GPM water well and new treatment plant. The association is contributing $600,000 toward this effort.
Each loan is for a 40-year term at 1.875 percent interest.
The Toomsuba Water System in Lauderdale County also received $3.0 million.