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|West Winnsboro Water receives $500K loan|
DISPLAYING THE check for a loan of $500,000 for improvements to the West Winnsboro Water System are (left to right), Al Levine, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; and from the water system, Glenn Womack, contractor, Barbara Tatum, secretary/treasurer, Sue Nugent, vice president, and Howard Andersen, president; Jennifer Meyer, of the drinking water revolving loan program; T. Jay Ray, program manager of the loan program; and attorney David Wolf. (Submitted photo)
The Department of Health and Hospitals – Office of Public Health has awarded a $500,000 loan to the West Winnsboro Water System to help the system improve the community's drinking water.
"When West Winnsboro uses this money to improve its water system, the result will be improved drinking water and reliable service for existing and any new customers," said DHH Secretary Alan Levine.
The loan will also be used to install a 66,000 gallon ground water storage tank with a booster station, a 600 gallon per minute vertical turbine water well, and replace portions of the water mains with six and 8-inch pipe.
The proposed improvements are the result of a 1997 analysis which showed the system was experiencing a shortage of water storage, water production and water pressure due to the growth of its existing service area. This project will address those concerns.
The loan was made possible by the State Drinking Water Revol-ving Loan Fund Program, which Congress established in 1996 as part of the amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The program is jointly funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (80 percent) and the individual participating states (20 percent). It is administered by DHH's Office of Public Health.
"This program helps ensure that communities have a source of dependable and affordable funding so their water treatment facilities may benefit from the latest and most modern technology," said Levine.
Loans made through this program are low interest and have a maximum 20-year repayment period. Both public and privately-owned community and nonprofit, non-community water systems are eligible to apply for loans.
All loan projects are approved based upon a priority ranking system.
Among other factors, projects that address the most serious risks to human health and those that ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act are given the highest priority.
"The purpose of the fund is to provide states with a financial mechanism to make below market rate loans to drinking water systems for infrastructure improvements," said T. Jay Ray, program manager for the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. "These improvements assist the systems in complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act and protecting public health."
For more information about the program, contact T. Jay Ray at DHH at (225) 342-8355.