These improvements include the development of another well, the rehabilitation of a water storage tank, the replacement of many old water lines in the system that have deteriorated beyond repair, and the purchase of a standby generator at the well.
These improvements will create or save approximately 169 jobs, and will provide a dependable supply of quality water to 1,660 users of the existing Corning water system.
The total funding consists of a $3 million Recovery Act grant and a $4.68 million Recovery Act loan.
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture is the largest investor in our rural communities, and as Chair of the committee that oversees the USDA, I am committed to ensuring that USDA Rural Development dollars are flowing directly into Arkansas's economy," Lincoln said. "These funds will help provide reliable water service to families and businesses in Corning, an investment that will create jobs now and strengthen the city's economy."
"A strong water system is critical to a community's growth and success, attracting economic development opportunities and good jobs to the area," Pryor said. "These stimulus funds will help provide quality water to Corning residents and businesses, which in turn will create jobs, boost the local economy, and improve the quality of life for local families."
"Everyone should have access to a clean, abundant water supply that they can feel confident in drinking for themselves and their children," Berry said. "I am thrilled that we will be supporting these much needed improvements in Corning's water system, and I will continue to push for projects to provide this basic necessity of potable drinking water for Arkansans."
"In order to deliver high-quality water to the residents of Corning, our water system has to undergo some much-needed improvements, and we can't wait any longer," said Corning Mayor Dewayne Phelan. "We've been working on making these improvements for years, and this Recovery Act loan and grant will help us carry out the overhaul our water system needs so that our residents have access to a clean and abundant water supply at reasonable rates. This is a significant investment for Corning, and a great example of the local community partnering with the federal government on a project that will improve our quality of life. I appreciate the strong support we have received from the Congressional delegation to make this project a reality."
(Source: Office of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln)