Gov. Nixon announced Diggins received a $208,800 grant for water system improvements

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-113 For Immediate Release: April 30, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded the village of Diggins in Webster County a $208,800 grant. During tough economic times, this infusion of grant funding will help Diggins protect its citizens and the environment by making necessary drinking water improvements.

The village will use the grant funds to construct a new well with a pump house and new water storage standpipe and to install a water distribution main and service connections. The village will use the grant funds in conjunction with matching funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Loan, Rural Development Grants and a Community Development Block Grant. The project is estimated to cost $1.9 million and is expected to be completed in September 2009.

The Department sold $50 million in bonds in November 2007. The sale of the bonds allows the Department to provide cities and municipalities with grant funds to support the Clean Water Initiative for water and wastewater improvements.

The Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds. The Department is committed to working closely with communities to assist with funding efforts that support water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects as well as provide a financial savings.

For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192.