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County receives $500K grant for Governor’s Hill water line

Posted: May 26, 2015 4:16 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County recently received a $500,000 grant from the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (SCRIA). The money will be used to complete a water line to Governor’s Hill Industrial Park, according to Kershaw County officials.

“This announcement is the result of hard work and teamwork and will allow us to further continue the progress that we are making in investing in ourselves,” Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns said. “Our partners in this effort to date include the city of Camden, Cassatt Water Authority, Black River Electric Co-op and the federal government. We now can add the state of South Carolina to that list.”

“This is an important step in our efforts to further enhance the industrial product in our community and attract new industry to Kershaw County,” Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy Mclean added.

The SCRIA awarded $14.2 million in grants this fiscal year for 44 water and sewer projects in 28 counties across the state. The RIA funding leverages an additional $38.5 million in investments for rural infrastructure improvements, according to a SCRIA press release.

“The ability to provide essentials such as water, wastewater, drainage systems and other public facilities is critical to the economic success of our rural communities. Each of the projects awarded with funding this year will help improve the quality of life for South Carolinians in all corners of our state,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, who also serves as chairman of the SCRIA’s board of directors, said.

The awarded projects will address community water and sewer improvements and economic infrastructure needs. Most of the funding will be used to upgrade or improve aging facilities to protect public health and ensure environmental compliance. The remaining grants will increase the infrastructure capacity to support existing businesses and new economic opportunities. These projects will impact more than 29,000 customers and serve 2,170 businesses, according to the press release.

Communities will benefit from the replacement of aging water and sewer lines, tanks and pump stations which are often difficult to repair and maintain. The improvements will help to ensure residents have safe drinking water while protecting the environment from sewer overflows. Funds will also be used to build necessary infrastructure to serve publicly-owned industrial properties which will attract new jobs and investment including an anticipated 980 jobs and $563 million in private investment, officials said in the press release.

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