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RIA approves grants for enhancing water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure

Wednesday, November 6, 2019  
Posted by: Jenny Craft
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COLUMBIA, S.C.— The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance
for 24 projects, totaling more than $10.8 million.


Recognizing that the investments made today will offer long-term sustainability, these projects will help strengthen and improve water, sewer and storm water infrastructure capacity, serving residential and business customers across the state.

"Our mission is to work in partnership with communities to make them stronger and more
sustainable by investing in their infrastructure foundation," said executive director Bonnie Ammons.
"Such investments will help maintain health and environmental standards for residents and open
the door to new economic opportunities."

Representing 19 counties, the scope of work for these funded projects ranges from extending
sewer to serve existing and expanding industries to the construction of a new well to restore water
production capacity. Drainage issues are also being addressed in an effort to reduce the impact of
storm-related events. For other communities, upgrades to water lines, pump stations and elevated
storage tanks will ensure long-lasting reliable service. In total, more than 18,000 residential and
business customers will benefit from these funded projects.

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for
improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability through regionalization
and economic development. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on criteria,
including: severity of the problem, expected impact and project feasibility. Recipients share in the
cost of projects by paying for non-construction activities and, often times, providing additional funds
for construction.

A list of grant recipients to date for fiscal year 2020 is below. To learn more about RIA or how to
apply for grant assistance, visit


 Cheraw, Town of   Water System Improvements   $187,000 
 Chester County Wastewater Recovery
 Economic Sewer Infrastructure   $500,000
 Denmark, City of  Water System Improvements  $1,650,000
 Dillon County  Economic Sewer Infrastructure  $300,000
 Dillon, City of  Water Tank Improvements   $479,500


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