S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority Approves GrantsMay 23, 2018 03:33PM ● By Kathleen Maris
The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance for 23 projects, totaling more than $10 million. These awards bring the number of projects awarded to 51 in fiscal year 2018, totaling $22 million.
Recognizing there is a critical need to upgrade infrastructure across the state, the projects funded will result in increased water and sewer system capacity and stormwater drainage improvements. Recipients share in the cost of these projects by paying for non-construction activities and, in many cases, providing additional funds for construction.
Working with local officials, RIA supports community projects most in need and works to address infrastructure issues that have the potential to hinder economic development and growth.
"Often times, infrastructure investments go unnoticed once construction is complete, but the benefit does not. These types of projects lead to improved quality of life, protection of the environment, and community sustainability," said Executive Director Bonnie Ammons.
The impact of such projects can have long-lasting effects on the 71,000 residential and business customers served by the infrastructure being improved - whether it is providing additional capacity for new or expanding businesses that will generate jobs and private investment or ensuring safe drinking water and sanitary sewer treatment.
RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability and economic development. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on criteria, including: severity of the problem, expected impact and project feasibility.
A list of grant recipients for the second round of fiscal year 2018 is below.
|Aiken, City of||Sewer System Improvements||$500,000|
|Anderson County||Economic Water Infrastructure||$47,314|
|Belton-Honea Path Water Authority||Water System Improvements||$270,000|
|Bennettsville, City of||Water Line Upgrades||$487,900|
|Berkeley County||Economic Sewer Infrastructure||$500,000|
|Calhoun County||Economic Water and Sewer Infrastructure||$500,000|
|Clemson, City of||Water System Improvements||$500,000|
|Dorchester County||Sewer System Improvements||$457,312|
|Fairfax, Town of||Water Line Upgrades||$145,310|
|Florence, City of||Water System Improvements||$500,000|
|Holly Hill, Town of||Sewer System Improvements||$319,000|
|Jackson, Town of||Water Line Upgrades||$500,000|
|Kershaw, Town of||Sewer System Improvements||$326,115|
|Latta, Town of||Water Line Upgrades||$500,000|
|Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission||Water Line Upgrades||$500,000|
|Lynchburg, Town of||Water Line Upgrades||$500,000|
|Ninety Six Commission of Public Works||Pump Station Upgrade||$500,000|
|Ridgeland, Town of||Sewer System Improvements||$1,000,000|
|Six Mile Rural Community Water District||Water Line Upgrades||$350,000|
|Sumter, City of||Interconnection of Sewer Systems||$500,000|
|Union County||Water Tank Improvements||$130,000|
|Williamston, Town of||Water Line Upgrades||$500,000|
|York County||Water Tank Construction||$500,000|