Last updated: May 21. 2014 4:17PM - 506 Views
By Chase Jordan cjordan@civitasmedia.com

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GARLAND — The town’s leaders said they are happy to receive a $50,000 grant which may improve the town’s wastewater system.

News of the grant came late Tuesday when Sen. Brent Jackson’s office contacted Garland Mayor Winifred Murphy that the town had been awarded a Wastewater Technical Assistance Grant from the Water Infrastructure Fund.

The $50,000 will be used to study the wastwater facility to research needs, the mayor said. If infrastructure improvements are required, Murphy said they can apply for another grant.

“This is a plus for the town of Garland and its citizens,” she stressed, elated over the news. “We’re very thankful because we’re working on trying to improve our infrastructure.”

The purpose of the program is to meet the needs of rural and economically distressed governments.

More than $63 million in grants were awarded to help fund drinking water and wastewater projects in communities throughout the state. According to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the Community Development Block Grants – Infrastructure program and the Water Infrastructure Fund will help pay for 29 projects and 12 studies.

Under the Water Infrastructure Fund, $3.5 million will be used for three construction projects and 12 studies. Garland is one of the communities to receive a study.

The announcement of the latest round of awards from the three funding mechanisms was made by the State Water Infrastructure Authority at its meeting Monday in Raleigh. The authority includes appointed state and local officials with interest or experience in water and wastewater issues.

Kim Colson, director of the Division of Water Infrastructure, said North Carolina communities are faced with a lot of aging water and wastewater infrastructure.

“These funds will help repair and replace infrastructure that support needs critical to the future well-being of these communities and their citizens,” Colson said.

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