NASHVILLE, TN. (SPECIAL TO WLAF) -The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has awarded $7 million to improve water infrastructure in Campbell County.

The grants are as follows:

City of LaFollette: $4,494,167

The City of LaFollette will use ARP funds to reduce water loss and address the city’s longstanding storm water management needs. Projects include water line replacements and investigation and improvements along the storm water system, consisting of CCTV and a storm water management study. Based on the findings, the city anticipates the repair and rehabilitation of existing sewer lines, structure gate replacements, and point repairs.

Town of Jellico: $2,500,703

The Town of Jellico will use ARP funds to address critical drinking water needs and improve the town’ss water treatment plant. Projects include the installation of raw water intake pumps and piping to the treatment plant, the installation of new blowers, repairs to the existing concrete sedimentation basins, and replacement of all existing electrical equipment. A booster station and line to the improved plant will also be installed.

Tennessee received $3.7 billion from the ARP, and the state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group dedicated $1.35 billion of those funds to TDEC to support water projects in communities throughout the state. Of the $1.35 billion, approximately $1 billion was designated for non-competitive formula-based grants offered to counties and eligible cities. The remaining funds will go to state-initiated projects and competitive grants.

“These important grants will help strengthen infrastructure in our communities and ensure clean drinking water for citizens for years to come,” said State Sen. Ken Yager. “I am grateful for the work of TDEC and local officials who secured these grants and am happy to support their efforts.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 6/16/2023- 6AM)