Gov. Ivey announces grant for water, wastewater upgrades in Fayette

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $700,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to help upgrade public water and wastewater infrastructure in the city of Fayette.

Fayette will install four valves and a telemetry system in the water system to enable the southeastern part of the city to better meet growing demand in the area. The telemetry system allows for remote monitoring of flow, pressure and use of valves, which are needed for helping to direct access, flow and adjust pressure within a system. According to city officials, the existing infrastructure is inadequate for meeting the current redistribution needs from the otherwise plentiful supply source. The project also will re-route and replace approximately 4,000 feet of sewer lines in the same area of the city with larger-diameter pipes.

“These updates will create more reliable water and sewer services for those living and working in Fayette,” Gov. Ivey said. “This grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission will improve the lives of so many for years to come, and I am pleased to play a role in this project.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama along with a wide range of other programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management. Thirty-seven counties in Alabama are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.

“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in her efforts to improve Alabama’s rural communities through infrastructure projects like this one in Fayette,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “The partnership between Alabama and the ARC has improved the quality of life for many of our residents over the years, and we anticipate that to continue for many years to come.”

The ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments. The agency’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

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