WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - 18
A few Mississippi examples offered by
* In the city of Como, which serves 450
water customers and 397 wastewater
customers, the utility's aged system
was in dire need of upgrades. The
$4 million received from the USDA
enabled the utility to meet state
regulatory codes, avoid fines and
provide safe drinking water.
* The Lowndes County Industrial
Development Authority received $16
million to provide wastewater services
to the industrial park, which led to new
businesses in the development.
* The city of Durant's 20-year-old system
had received no upgrades and was
experiencing significant deterioration
that affected the 1,200 customers in an
area where the median income is below
poverty level. The $6 million received
from the USDA program enabled
upgrades to the system to maintain
compliance with state and EPA rules,
and kept the water bills affordable.
In Arkansas, the city of Morrilton had
a water and wastewater system for the
7,000 residents of the city, but the utility
did not serve county residents. In 1977,
the Conway County Regional Water
District was established, and the first
action taken was to purchase the city
water system in order to upgrade and
stabilize the system.
"In 1986, we began expanding
services throughout the county and by
2005 all 25,000 residents in the county
had access to the system," says Steve
Wear, operations manager of the system
and senior vice president of National
Rural Water Association. "Without a
combination of USDA loans and grants,
the regional water district could not have
purchased the city system,
which provided the foundation for
the regional system."
Conway County Regional Water District.
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