The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has announced 12 Hoosier towns and cities have received more than $8 million in federal funding. OCRA says the communities will be able to use the funds to address water quality and infrastructure issues.
The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. OCRA says the disbursement of the funds will be delayed until after the holidays.
“These grants are vital to Indiana’s economic success as these projects should improve the quality of life in these rural communities,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “Collaborations between federal, state and local partners as they invest in the state’s water infrastructure is a win for Hoosiers as we work toward a stronger Indiana.”
The recipients include:
- Lawrenceburg – $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will rehabilitate storm drainage infrastructure in a high-flood prone area adjacent to Doughty Road.
- Sullivan – $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will install new storm sewers along Price Street starting at State Street and extending across Section Street.
- Edinburgh – $600,000 for flood drainage improvements. This project will replace dry wells and install a new storm sewer system along High School Drive with an outlet that will be treated and then feeds out to the Big Blue River.
- Beech Grove – $600,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project will reline approximately 15,652 linear feet of failing wastewater mains.
- Carbon – $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will rehabilitate the town’s original water infrastructure and components by elevating the water tank, complete a booster station rehabilitation and install water main upgrades.
- Dana – $700,000 for water system improvements. This project is a system-wide comprehensive rehabilitation of system components upgrades/improvements: wellfield, water treatment plant, storage facility and distribution system.
- Lapel – $700,000 for water system improvements. Project components include installing 10,550 linear feet of water main, complete well improvements, and water treatment and storage improvements.
- Leavenworth – $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will deliver improvements to the Leavenworth Water Utility, including a new, 60,000-gallon elevated storage tank with a tank mixing system.
- New Market – $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will install more than 1,100 linear feet of water main replacing 1930s cast iron water mains.
- Spurgeon – $700,000 to construct a wastewater system. This project will construct a new wastewater collection system, since no system currently exists. The town will install 71 grinder pump stations to serve one or more households, and the connect more than 19,000 linear feet of force main lines throughout the town.
- Thorntown – $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will install a new wastewater lagoon adjacent to the current lagoon to increase capacity by 33 percent.
- Putnam County – $700,000 for water system improvements to the Van Bibber Lake conservancy district. This project is a full-system rehabilitation and upgrade of all original, 1970s water distribution system components and the construction of a new water treatment plant.