Monday, December 10, 2018

City of Loretto awarded $150,000 ECWA Grant

The City of Loretto was recently awarded a $150,000 Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. The grant will fund a water line extension along Dixon Branch Road.

In November 2016, City Officials were approached by residents along Dixon Branch Road experiencing a significant drought and concerned for their health and welfare as their springs and wells were dry or becoming alarmingly close to running dry. One residence was without water for three months in late 2016. Once the drought ended, some of the springs were retested for water quality which came back positive for both E coli bacteria and fecal coliform.

"Good news for Loretto– the city was awarded a $150,000 federal grant to help provide drinkable water to the community," Senator Lamar Alexander said. "Loretto's local leaders worked tirelessly to put the city in a position to receive this grant, and I'm glad Lawrence Countians will finally have access to clean water."

“Everyone should have access to a clean, safe, and reliable water source in 2018,” stated Mayor Jesse E. Turner. “Unfortunately that’s still not the case in parts of Rural America. I’m thankful for this grant from USDA that will give fellow Lawrence Countians access to clean water. I especially want to thank Tennessee USDA Rural Development Director Jim Tracey and Area Specialist Doug Shelton as well as Senator Lamar Alexander and Congressman Marsha Blackburn for their assistance in obtaining this grant.”



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