News Release 475

Department of Natural Resources awards $417,352 grant for Jefferson County water improvements

Volume 38-472 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO AUG. 18, 2010 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded Jefferson County Public Water Supply District #7 a $417,352 grant to make drinking water system improvements.  

The district will use the grant to construct a ground storage tank and booster pump station, and make well upgrades including pump and column pipe replacement.  This grant will be used in conjunction with $417,352 in matching funds from the water district.  The project is estimated to cost $834,704 and is expected to be completed in November 2010.

“Providing a reliable, safe supply of drinking water requires an investment in infrastructure,” said Department of Natural Resources Director Mark N. Templeton. “We’re glad to be able to provide Jefferson County PWSD #7 a boost toward their investment.”

The department sold $50 million in bonds in November 2007.  The sale of the bonds allows the department to provide the district 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 department’s Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192.