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BRWC gets $156,648 grant for generators

Posted: July 2, 2018 4:21 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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BRWC Operations Manager Stephen Taylor (fourth from left) and B-MPFD Chief Chris Jones (fifth from right) show off a “check” that will be used to cover part of the cost of four diesel-powered standby generators to be placed at BRWC well sites. With them are (from left) BRWC board members Ralph Vincent and Tracy Coates; Kershaw County Director of Safety and Emergency Services Gene Faulkenberry; BRWC board members Kershaw Graham, Chover Baskins and Lynwood Horton; and BRWC staffers Heather Hall and Jania Anderson.

Bethune Rural Water Company Inc. (BRWC), a private non-profit water distribution company located in northeastern Kershaw County, recently received Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds through the S.C. Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will provide 75 percent, or $156,648, toward a total cost of $208,864 to install one permanent diesel-powered, standby generator at each of four BRWC well sites. The well sites provide water for consumer and commercial consumption along with fire protection for more than 1,100 customers in the Buffalo, Mt. Pisgah, Abney, Gates Ford, Timrod, and Bethune communities.

The HMGP is designed to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a presidential major disaster declaration. For this funding cycle, the grant was based on Hurricane Matthew and its impact to the state of South Carolina.
BRWC Operations Manager Stephen Taylor and Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department Chief Chris Jones teamed up to apply for the grant with the support of other BRWC staff and its board of directors, Kershaw County Emergency Management and the S.C. Emergency Management Division.

“I would like to thank the BRWC staff, Kershaw County Emergency Management, South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Chief Chris Jones for his dedication to serve these communities and for his leadership throughout this grant process. This grant is a big deal for BRWC and its customers, assuring that we continue to provide them with quality water during any type of power outage,” Taylor said.

Jones expressed his appreciation as well.

“I am honored to be a part of the team that applied for this opportunity to improve the water system for the residents of our communities. Water is a critical commodity for both potable and fire protection usage. We appreciate the relationship we have with Bethune Rural Water Company and look forward to pursuing more opportunities to improve the water system,” Jones said.

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