The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission this week approved $ 64,102,718.80 for water and wastewater projects serving more than 15,593 people in 12 counties across Arkansas.
South Arkansas projects on the list:
The Town of Crossett, Ashley County, received a loan of $ 939,365 from the Sewer and Solid Waste Fund for the planning, design and acquisition of easements and rights of way for improvement of the sewer system. This project will benefit approximately 3,050 clients.
The Town of Eudora, Chicot County, received a loan of $ 543,404 and a loan of $ 1,630,221 with principal forgiveness of the Arkansas State Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund . The funding will be used to improve the water system, including the replacement of water pipes and fire hydrants. This project will benefit approximately 955 clients.
The Town of Strong in Union County received a loan of $ 146,327 and a loan of $ 62,712 with principal cancellation of the Arkansas State Revolving Fund Program for System Improvement wastewater treatment. The number of clients who will benefit from this project is estimated at 432.
The Town of Mitchellville, Desha County, received an additional loan totaling $ 75,000 with principal cancellation of the Arkansas State Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program for Facility Improvements wastewater treatment plant to complete a previously approved project. About 180 clients will be served by the project.
The Boeuf-Tensas Regional Irrigation Water Distribution District in Chicot, Desha and parts of Drew, Ashley, Lincoln and Jefferson counties has been approved to convert a loan balance of $ 27,101 into a grant to receipt of unspent funds of $ 40,000 as of June 30, 2021. Previously approved funds were to be used to match federal funds for the construction of a flood control and water supply project for agricultural irrigation, but federal funding was not received.