Columbia, South Carolina, Nov 03, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Vernita F. Dore today announced the selection of the Starr-Iva Water and Sewer District to receive a $5,914,000 Water and Waste Disposal grant and loan that is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Congressional officials, state and local government, USDA Rural Development, the Town of Starr and local citizens attended a groundbreaking cerebration at the new tank site located at 6336 Highway 81, South Starr, SC.
"The Recovery Act water and wastewater project that we are announcing today furthers the Obama administration’s goal to rebuild and revitalize the nation’s rural infrastructure. This project will help provide safe, dependable, high quality water service to residents served by the Starr-Iva Water and Sewer District. USDA Rural Development is proud to be a partner in this endeavor," said Dore.
The Starr-Iva Water and Sewer District will use Rural Development funds to build 200,000 linear feet of 6", 8", 10" and 12" water lines and related equipment. When the project is completed, Starr-Iva Water and Sewer District will be providing safe, dependable high quality water service to 400 new residential users, and provide the potential to serve approximately 650 additional residents when they choose to connect to the system.
The ARRA funding announced today is being administered by USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.
More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.