Senator Burr Announces Rural Development Funds for Pender County

$1 million USDA grant will provide for new water distribution lines

May 5, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Richard Burr today announced a $1,000,000 Emergency Hurricane and Tropical Storms grant for Pender County's Rocky Point/Topsail Water and Sewer District. The grant money will be used to provide safe, clean and dependable water service and improve fire fighting capabilities for local volunteer fire departments through the construction of 20 miles of new water distribution lines.

"We must ensure that our communities - urban, suburban and rural - are prepared should disaster strike," said Senator Burr. "I am pleased that these federal funds for Pender County will improve access to water in the event of an emergency and better equip local emergency responders."

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Division's Water and Waste Disposal grant program approved funding for Rocky Point/Topsail Water and Sewer District in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Isabel in Pender County in 2003. The county was declared a disaster area after many wells, from which residents draw drinking water, became contaminated by hurricane-damaged septic systems. In addition, Pender County's wells do not currently produce adequate water supplies to fight fires during times of drought. The funding will provide assistance to construct new water distribution lines.

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