Three state grants announced Friday worth about $1.4 million in all will help extend water service in Burton, prevent flooding in Hardeeville and upgrade water equipment in Ridgeland.
The grants, awarded by the S.C. Department of Commerce, were part of $16.3 million allocated to 37 communities around the state.
A $422,500 grant to Beaufort County will extend a water line to about 40 homes in Burton that currently rely on wells.
The area is a "small pocket" outside the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority coverage area, said Michelle Knight, community and economic development director for the Lowcountry Council of Governments. Most of the homes are owned by families with low or moderate incomes that probably would not get water service without the grant, she said.
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"That's who these are designed to serve, is folks who otherwise may not be able to pay for that infrastructure," BJWSA communications manager Matthew Brady said.
A $500,000 grant to Hardeeville will improve drainage near Columbia Avenue, said Barbara Johnson, the Lowcountry Council of Governments affordable-housing manager.
The money will help re-grade land and build a 1.4-acre stormwater retention pond. Johnson said the project is designed to prevent flooding, which has been a problem.
Ridgeland received a $429,500 grant to upgrade water tanks and install equipment to treat the water with tablets instead of the chlorine gas now used, Knight said.
The grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and awarded through a competitive process.
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