Federal funding will help the Surgoinsville Utility District make improvements to the Phipps Bend Industrial Park to prevent future plant closures caused by a water line leak.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced earlier this month that the USDA is investing $ 5.2 billion to build and improve critical rural infrastructure in 46 states and Puerto Rico .
Among the beneficiaries is the Surgoinsville Utility District, which will use a loan of $ 306,000 to upgrade the water supply infrastructure of the Phipps Bend industrial park.
These upgrades include the installation of a 12-inch 900 LF waterline that will allow loops to be created in the system providing additional redundant supply routes during times of system isolation. The project will also restore a 750,000 gallon water storage tank located in the park.
This water pipe project was identified as a priority for Phipps Bend after a leak in the late 2010s forced several factories to close because water had to be shut off throughout the industrial park to repair the leak.
Hawkins County Industrial Board Chairman Larry Elkins said the water pipe and water reservoir project is one in a series of projects currently underway to make the vacant land in Phipps Bend more marketable, while improving services for the existing industry.
“This is so that if they have another broken water line, they can actually divert and feed the plants with water in a different direction so that we don’t have a major outage at Phipps Bend like we did. ‘ve had in the past, ”Elkins said. “We were very involved in securing the grant, and we are delighted that they got it. A large industrial park cannot be closed at a time like this. Every time you shut down a big factory like Cooper Standard or one of those factories over there, you have a major problem. You can’t even have employees there because the bathrooms are down and it becomes a health hazard.
Elkins credited engineer Calvin Clifton with creating the blueprints that made the grant application possible.
As part of this USDA infrastructure investment, more than $ 163 million in loans and grants will be invested in rural Tennessee.
Another recipient in the region is the Sneedville Utility District which will use a loan of $ 186,000 and a grant of $ 219,000 to provide safe drinking water to the community of Newman’s Ridge. The project consists of installing 9,140 feet of 4-inch water pipe. The project will also consist of upgrading an existing pumping station and adding additional pumping stations.
This announcement follows the recent passage of President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law and reflects the many ways that USDA’s rural development programs are helping people, businesses and communities meet infrastructure needs. essential to help rural America to rebuild better.
Other Tennessee Recipients
Cumberland Electric Membership Company (EMC) will use a $ 150 million loan under the to connect 13,200 consumers, and build and improve 848 miles of line. This loan includes a smart grid project to modernize the infrastructure with the construction of a fiber optic cable network. Cumberland EMC is headquartered in Clarksville, Tennessee and provides service to 102,957 consumers on 8,261 line miles in seven counties in Tennessee and five counties in Kentucky.
Ben Lomand Communications LLC will use a grant of $ 325,531 to build a fiber optic system to premises of approximately ten miles to benefit 119 residents and two businesses in Franklin County, Tennessee. Subscribers will have access to service at up to 1 Gbps, expanding access to, healthcare, and public safety opportunities. A community center will be provided in a mobile facility placed in the service area as part of the project where residents will be able to access the Internet free of charge for at least two years.
Scott County Telephone Co-op will use a $ 3 million grant to build a fiber optic system up to 176 miles premises to benefit 2,330 residents and 25 businesses in Clinch Valley, Va. and parts of Grainger and Hawkins County, au Tennessee. Subscribers will have access to the service at up to 1 Gbit / s, expanding access to economic, educational, health and public safety opportunities. A community center will be set up in an existing building where residents will be able to access the Internet free of charge for at least two years.
West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation Inc will use a $ 2.8 million grant to build a fiber optic system to premises approximately 70 miles away to benefit 877 residents and seven businesses in the community of Pillowville, Ky. and Weakley County and Carroll, Tenn. Subscribers will have access to the service at up to 1 Gbit / s, expanding access to economic, educational, health and public safety opportunities. A community center will be set up in a modular building placed in the service area where residents will be able to access the Internet free of charge for at least two years.
The town of Baxter will use a loan of $ 1.5 million and a grant of $ 1.5 million to upgrade the sewage treatment plant.
The upgrades include several infrastructure upgrades inside the processing plant and a sewage pump station. This will allow the city to eliminate the health and safety concerns it currently faces and ultimately provide safe and hygienic wastewater service to approximately 1,350 customers.
The city of Monterey will use a loan of $ 500,000 and a grant of $ 2 million to complete construction of a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The new treatment plant will improve the city’s capacity to treat wastewater, improving the quality of life and the environment for more than 1,900 customers.
TWest Warren-Viola Utility District will use a $ 1 million loan to make necessary improvements to the wastewater treatment plant in Morrison, Tennessee. The upgrades consist of new sequencing batch reactor equipment and electrical upgrades. The project will benefit residents by improving sewer services.