The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the city of Reeds Spring roughly $1.4 million in grants and loans to upgrade its water distribution system and water supply infrastructure.
The total project is estimated to cost $1.9 million and be completed by October. The city is using $500,000 in funds secured elsewhere to wrap it up, according to a news release.
With the funding, the city plans to install 4.5 miles of waterlines, as well as fencing and an emergency generator, and renovate two wells. The distribution improvements are expected to reduce water loss; currently, losses exceed 38 percent. The generator would provide emergency backup power to a third well during power outages.
The funding from the state comprises a $934,500 construction grant, $434,000 low-interest loan and a $56,452 engineering grant. The funding is estimated to save the district’s taxpayers $990,942 up front, as well as $140,000 in interest costs over the extent of the 20-year loan, according to the release.
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