U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Arkansas State Director David Branscum announced a $3,579,000 grant and $775,000 loan for the city of Flippin. The multi-million dollar investment will upgrade and expand critical wastewater infrastructure to improve the system for residents and businesses.
“Arkansans rely on our communities to provide reliable utility services. As a former mayor, I know that you never want to wait until there is a major malfunction with aging infrastructure. That is why investments that modernize critical systems are so important. This project will ensure Flippin’s wastewater system is operating safely and efficiently for the great people and businesses it serves. I thank the Administration and USDA Rural Development for their partnership with the city and continued work to support the Natural State,” Womack said.
Branscum said, “I am thrilled to be in Flippin with Congressman Womack to announce this important grant. The modernization of wastewater systems will improve quality of life for residents and upgrade vital infrastructure in the area. It’s a priority of the Administration and USDA Rural Development to invest in rural communities, and we look forward to building on our strong partnership with Rep. Womack and the Arkansas delegation to continue to support Arkansans.”
The funding will be used for an infrastructure project that will rehabilitate and modernize the wastewater collection system. This will include replacing existing wastewater lines and manholes, as well as extending capacity to serve an estimated 51 new users. The improvement will enhance system resiliency and sustainability, upgrade service quality for residents, and provide a local economic benefit.
The announcement was made in Flippin where Womack was joined by Branscum, Flippin Mayor Jerald Marberry, State Rep. Jack Fortner, R-Yellville, and other community representatives.
The award is directly linked to the USDA Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program through USDA Rural Development. The agency provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.