Graniteville, South Carolina, Oct 25, 2011 -- State Director Vernita F. Dore on Tuesday announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant at a groundbreaking ceremony totaling $10,516,000 to the Breezy Hill Water and Sewer Company, Inc. “Rural Development mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural citizens. With the help of Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Company we are accomplishing that mission. This water project will not only produce good quality water for rural residents, it will create much needed jobs in Aiken County,” said Dore.
“As you are aware, this is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project funded through the USDA Stimulus Bill in 2009, including over $1.9 million in grant funding. Had it not been for USDA Rural Utilities Services efforts for this grant money, we could not have cash flowed the project,” said Charles Hilton, General Manager, Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Company, Inc.
Rural Development funds will be used to construct a 5 MGD water plant on Clearwater pond and a new 20” water line from the plant to Bettis Academy Road for the Breezy Hill Water and Sewer Company and will provide a new backbone for their water distribution system. The water treatment plant will produce 4.7 million gallons of water per day, making it possible for companies like Bridgestone/Firestone to expand. Bridgestone announced a $1.2 Billion project in this Breezy Hill’s water district for the purpose of building a new facility, expanding an existing facility, and adding 850 new jobs. 5086 Residential users and 94 Commercial users will benefit from this project.
USDA , through its Rural Development’s mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $155 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information regarding USDA Rural Development programs, contact the State Office at 803 765-5163, or by visiting the State’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/sc.