Natural Resources Commission issues $141 million for water projects across Arkansas

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The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission has allocated $140.9 million for six water and wastewater projects in the state.

The projects will impact about 391,000 state residents.

The Bayou Meto Water District in Lonoke County, received a $5 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to install ten pumping stations. These stations will move water through underground pipes to non-riparian farms significantly reducing the use of groundwater.

The White River Regional Irrigation District in Prairie County, received a $5 million grant from the ARPA to build five county road crossings over a ten-mile canal segment currently under construction.

The Beaver Water District in Benton County, received a $125.686 million loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund to construct a 60-inch diameter pipeline providing water to a large pump station.

The Horsehead Water Users Association, in Johnson County, received a $2.5 million loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund to upgrade the water system.

The city of Monticello in Drew County received a $2.3 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to relocate the sewer collection system.