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Cassatt Water receives RIA $500,000 grant

Posted: January 26, 2017 4:29 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Cassatt Water has received a $500,000 grant from the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority that will be used to upgrade the Red Hill elevated tank located off of Red Hill Church Road in Cassatt. 

According to a Cassatt Water press release the Red Hill elevated tank is more than 65 years old. It was originally built in the 1950’s and moved to its current site around 1972. The tank needs repairs and has received low ratings by DHEC for the past several years. Cassatt Water has been pursuing funding methods over the past year to try and come up with a plan.

“We were extremely pleased to get the news that we had received this grant-these funds will allow us to continue to upgrade our ageing system,” Cassatt Water CEO Dona Tuttle stated in the press release.  “This not only enables us to provide better service to our existing customers, it will give us the capacity to serve future customers.”  

Cassatt Water currently serves approximately 24,000 people in four counties. Over the past 2 years they have completed approximately $15,000,000 in upgrades to the system. 

“During this project we will remove the existing 65,000 gallon Red Hill Elevated Tank and construct a new 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank on the same site,” Cassatt Water Director of Operations John Watkins stated in the press release.  “The additional storage is needed to help maintain system pressure and to provide water during peak demands, while also transferring water to other areas of the system.” 

Construction is set to begin in May, according to the press release.

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