LITTLE ROCK, AR - U.S. Department of Agriculture funds are headed to four rural Arkansas communities thanks to the passage of the Farm Bill and the bipartisan omnibus appropriations bill.
The funds will be used in Greenwood, Mammoth Spring, McCrory, and Nashville to upgrade rural water systems and improve the quality and safety of local water supplies for Arkansas families and businesses.
“Every city in Arkansas deserves access to a clean and reliable water supply,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who announced the funding. “I was proud to support the Farm Bill and the omnibus appropriations bill to ensure that Arkansans have access to a safe water supply that will support their families, businesses, and our local communities.”
The cities receiving funds are as follows:
- Greenwood - The James Fork Regional Water District will receive a $1,150,000 grant and a $1,100,000 loan to expand service with a Y-City extension and East Highway 80 extension. Currently, there are no existing water facilities or services in the area. Private wells in the area tend to run dry in the summer and often have high mineral content or contamination.
- Mammoth Spring - The City of Mammoth Spring will receive a $471,000 grant and a $474,000 loan to replace the existing water treatment facility, which was built in 1970.
- McCrory - The City of McCrory will receive a $522,000 grant and a $1,590,000 loan to construct a new water treatment facility, two water supply wells, and clean and paint the existing storage tanks.
- Nashville - The Nashville Rural Water Public Authority will receive a $2,850,000 loan to upgrade its pump station and emergency generator and add five reinforcing mains in order to direct higher water pressure to customers.
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