Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office announced Tuesday that Madison County will receive $1.75 million in state funds to expand water services in the county.
Industrial authority director Marvin White said the money will be a great benefit to Madison County.
“It will allow us to link the Madico and Hull water systems,” he said.
The link will include a line from Colbert Grove Church Road just south of Danielsville to the Diamond Hill area. The state assistance will also help establish water services in the Piedmont Road area, where the county industrial authority has applied for help on several occasions. White also said the IDA may be able to put a line in the Neese Diamond Hill Road area and link it back to Garnett Ward Road.
The $1.75 million in state aid includes a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan of $1,365,000 and a DWSRF subsidy of $385,000 for the Madison County Industrial Development and Building Authority.
The county currently has six functioning wells and the money will allow the county to add two more. White also noted that after a 200,000 tank on Hwy. 98 is put in place, the county will have 950,000 of elevated water storage capacity. He would like to have all the county tanks linked with lines, including the tank off Hwy. 98.
White expects the link between the Hull and Madico systems to be completed by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, the industrial authority is still planning a commercial sewer system in the Hull area, but plans to have that online by the end of the summer have been changed. White said the project is now six months behind schedule as the IDA waits for its engineer to complete his work. White said he expects the sewer system to go online in early 2009.
“We feel it will really open up that area there (for business),” said White, noting that Ingles and the Veterans’ Clinic will be served by the sewer system.