Arkansas Department of Agriculture Provides Loans for Water Supply Projects
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission has approved $ 4,626,938 for water and sanitation projects serving more than 6,054 people in seven Arkansas communities.
East End Improvement District No. 1 in Saline County received a loan of $ 2,650,000 from the Arkansas Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund for the construction of a water storage tank, installation of water pipes. 12 inch water and rehabilitation of existing water storage tanks. This project will benefit 2,297 clients. The Dallas County Fordyce Rural Water Association received a loan of $ 313,643 from the Water Sewer & Solid Waste Fund. These project funds will be used to replace obsolete residential meters with a new automatic meter reading system. This project will benefit 755 clients.
The Ouachita County Highway 4 & 24 Water Association received a loan of $ 339,418 with remittance from the principal of the Arkansas Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund for the removal of a fire hydrant to reduce the risk of water stagnation, rehabilitate the water tanks and construct a new water pipe to replace a section that was abandoned due to a leak.
Menifee in Conway County received a loan of $ 657,832 from the Arkansas Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund to rehabilitate and update the wastewater collection system. This project will benefit 128 wastewater customers. Dumas, in Desha County, received a loan of $ 376,995 to connect the community of Pickens to the Dumas water system. This will allow the community of Pickens to purchase water from the Town of Dumas and eliminate the need for Pickens to replace its aging water tank.
Caraway in Craighead County received additional funding of $ 263,300 with principal relief on an existing loan. These funds will be used to drill a new well and repair a holding tank. The clientele of the project is 575.
Mount Ida in Montgomery County received a grant of $ 25,750 in additional funding. These funds will be used to replace existing obsolete meters with an automated meter reading system. This project will benefit approximately 1,394 clients.