More than $35 million approved for water projects across the state

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The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has approved $35.41 million for nine water and wastewater projects and four technical assistance programs serving more than 211,372 residents of Arkansas.

The Benton County Water Authority received a $4.5 million loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund to replace a water main. Central Arkansas Water in Pulaski County received a $4 million loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund to upgrade the Jack H. Wilson Water Treatment Plant.

Melbourne received a $139,050 loan from the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Fund to install water meters. Mountainburg received a $50,000 Water Development Fund grant for a cultural resource survey for the proposed North Central Crawford County water system. The Rock-Moore Public Water Authority received a $4.26 million loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund for a new water reservoir and water system upgrades.

East End Improvement District Number One received a $500,000 loan from the State Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund in additional funding for the construction of a water storage reservoir and rehabilitation of existing water storage reservoirs. McLean Bottoms Dyke and Drainage District Number Three received a $360,500 loan from the Water Development Fund in additional funding for dyke repairs.

The Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority received a $20 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund in additional funding for wastewater treatment plant upgrades. The Searcy Board of Public Utilities, White County, received a loan of $950,000 from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund in additional funding for the rehabilitation of the sewer system.

The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy received a $150,000 grant from the Water Development Fund to provide training for members of retail water supplier boards under Law 605 of 2021. The Arkansas Rural Water Association received a $125,000 grant from the Water Development Fund. This grant is for the Association’s ongoing financial assistance to a circuit cyclist to provide on-site assistance to water systems with operations, maintenance, management and financial issues.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association received $65,000 from the Water Development Fund to provide ongoing training and technical assistance to water and wastewater systems statewide. H2Ozarks received a $278,400 Water Development Fund grant to administer the Septic Tank Remediation Pilot Program in the Buffalo River watershed in Newton, Searcy, Marion, Baxter, Boone, Madison, Pope counties, Stone and Van Buren.

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