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Area residents to benefit from multi-million-dollar water, sewer projects USDA, USDA Rural Development logos

Parts of the KVOE listening area to the west and south of Emporia will be taking advantage of millions of dollars in federal funds for infrastructure projects.

USDA's Rural Development Office says Strong City will have a nearly $4.4 million loan-grant package to upgrade the town's sewer system. The money will replace over 37,000 linear feet of pipe. It will also fund improvements to the town's pump station, and the lagoons will receive new structure work, rock and pipes.

The project was approved in part to the town's aging infrastructure and in part because rain events can lead to regulatory violations at the treatment plan because daily flow can be 20 times higher than it is during dry weather.

Also, Public Wholesale Water District No. 23 has qualified for over $5 million total in loans and grants. Money from this project will build out over 130,000 linear feet of water lines, build a booster station and create a 200,000-gallon elevated water storage tower.

This impacts 18 water districts across several counties in southeast Kansas, including Greenwood County -- and especially Fall River, which had lengthy boil water orders in December 2016 and this past January due to water line breaks elsewhere in the system. Both of those notices lasted around two weeks before issues were fixed.

Construction timetables have not been announced with either project.

Announcements Tuesday are part of $1.2 billion in federal funding for rural projects affecting nearly 1 million people in 46 states.

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