U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say new stimulus funds have been awarded for water systems in rural communities, including a $1.6 million grant and a $2.7 million loan for Southern Calhoun County.
Calhoun County Administrator Lee Prickett explains what the funds will be used for.
It’s for water system construction in the lower section of the county. We have been planning this project for five years, part of a project with the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency. Water will be taken from Lake Marion and sent to Calhoun County and distributed.
Prickett says the new water system will allow residents now using wells to stop washing their clothes in iron-laden water that turns clothes brown.
Prickett says his county owes a big thanks to Congressman Jim Clyburn office that helped to put together the grant application.