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S.C Rural Infrastructure Authority Awards $1.2 Million for Anderson County Projects

Anderson County, S.C. (November 14, 2018) – Local residents and businesses stand to benefit from
more than $1.2 million in grants awarded recently by the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure
Authority for three projects in Anderson County.

  • Powdersville Water Company: $500,000 for water line infrastructure upgrades along the
    Highway 153 corridor;
  • Big Creek Water and Sewage District: $500,000 for water line upgrades on Big Creek Road
  • Town of Honea Path: $247,610 for sewer system improvements

“These projects will encourage economic development projects in these three communities and also
promote the health, safety, and welfare of the residents in the project areas”, said Anderson County
Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “We are very appreciative of the efforts by Senator Mike Gambrell
and the rest of our local Legislative Delegation to advocate on behalf of these projects. Their support
and encouragement has been invaluable.”

“It has been my honor to serve on the Rural Infrastructure Authority’s Board of Directors for the past
several years, and I am very pleased that we are able to offer assistance for infrastructure projects
throughout the state”, said State Senator Mike Gambrell. “The projects funded by RIA serve to
encourage the continued viability of rural and underserved areas of South Carolina. RIA also helps
us meet the infrastructure needs of transitional communities like Powdersville. I am proud to work
with RIA to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for communities all across the Palmetto
State”.

In its latest funding round, the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approved grant assistance for 27
communities, totaling more than $12 million, to strengthen water, sewer and storm water
infrastructure and open doors for economic opportunities across the state. Such investments in
infrastructure promote future success for South Carolina communities. With two-thirds of projects
in more rural and less developed counties, these grant-funded projects will help to ensure that
residents and businesses have access to reliable distribution, collection and treatment of water and
sewer.

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for
improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability and economic
development. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on criteria, including: severity of the
problem, expected impact and project feasibility. More information about RIA can be found at
www.ria.sc.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Newton, Governmental Affairs Director
(864) 260-1010 | snewton@andersoncountysc.org

This page was last modified in November 2018.