Petersburg receives CDBG grant funds
Pictured are (from left) Kim Eakes, engineer with Griggs & Maloney Inc., Murfreesboro; Barbara Woodward, Town of Petersburg alderman; Corey Smith, (standing) Petersburg alderman; Jack Atchley (seated), Petersburg Water System director; Angie Taylor, (standing) town recorder; Kenneth Richardson, (standing) vice mayor; State Rep. Pat Marsh; Diane Blumel, ECD grant analyst; and Brianne Huitt, SCTTD, environmental coordinator.
The Town of Petersburg received $194,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds Thursday to implement measures to improve the quality of the Petersburg Water System.
The Town of Petersburg must match the grant with $6,000.
Town officials propose to use the CDBG funds and local funds to make improvements that will benefit 955 people, of which 818, or 85.7 percent, are low- to moderate-income residents.
Petersburg purchases treated water which flows from Fayetteville Public Utilities.
The town has been experiencing difficulty in maintaining the required chlorine residual in the distribution system for several years, said officials, explaining that the grant funds will be used toward the installation a new chlorine booster station at the reservoir; installing a mixer in the tank to maintain a consistent chlorine concentration throughout the tank; maintaining the tank interior prior to mixer installation; and the installation of automatic flushing stations with diffusers and chlorine sampling stations at dead-end lines to improve chlorine residual maintenance throughout the system.
In addition, Petersburg needs to install backflow preventers on every meter to help reduce the potential for water system contamination, according to the announcement.