More than $ 13 million in RIA grants awarded statewide> Columbia Business Report


More than $ 13 million in grants for statewide municipal infrastructure projects has been awarded by the SC Rural Infrastructure Authority.

Grant recipients include, for the first time, two planning studies as part of a new effort to support the long-term sustainability of utilities, according to a press release.

“Strategic investments in water, sewer and storm drainage infrastructure help bridge the gap between a system’s most critical needs and projects that build capacity for the future,” said Bonnie Ammons , executive director of RIA, in the press release. “These grants support both systems that need immediate attention as well as long-term projects that prepare utilities for population changes, economic opportunities and regulatory requirements.”

The grants will be combined with more than $ 27 million in local and other funds to address health and environmental concerns and support economic development in 20 counties in HC, benefiting more than 39,000 clients.

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that takes into account the needs, feasibility and impact of the project. Beneficiaries pay for activities other than construction or other activities and often provide additional construction funds.

The recipients of the first round of 2022 are:

  • Town of Abbeville, improvement of water pipes, $ 500,000
  • Town of Anderson, sewage system improvements, $ 500,000
  • Town of Awendaw, water system improvement, $ 157,500
  • Charleston water system, sewage system upgrades, $ 500,000
  • County of Chester, economic water and sewer infrastructure, $ 241,500
  • Town of Conway, sewage system upgrades, $ 1,094,183
  • Darlington County Water & Sewer Authority, water supply system upgrades, $ 500,000
  • City of Darlington, Sewer System Improvements, $ 500,000
  • Town of Edisto Beach, sewage system improvements, $ 500,000
  • City of Florence, water line upgrades, $ 487,982
  • Greenville Water, water main extension, $ 147,640
  • City of Hollywood, sewage system upgrades, $ 500,000
  • Horry County / Bucksport Water System Inc., water line upgrades, $ 484,440
  • Kershaw County and Lee County Regional Water Authority, water system upgrades, $ 430,500
  • Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, Economical Sewage Infrastructure, $ 2,000,000
  • Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission, economical sewer infrastructure, $ 500,000
  • Lexington County, economical sewer infrastructure, $ 436,875
  • Town of Manning, water system upgrades, $ 500,000
  • Town of McBee, water system upgrades, $ 500,000
  • Metropolitan sewer sub-district, sewage system improvements, $ 500,000
  • Town of Moncks Corner, modernization of the drainage system, $ 379,503
  • City of Orangeburg, improvement of the sewer system, $ 500,000
  • Town of Pickens, water line improvement, $ 500,000
  • Town of Ridgeland, planning, $ 30,000
  • Town of Simpsonville, sewage system improvements, $ 500,000
  • Starr-Iva Water & Sewer, water pipe extension, $ 300,000
  • Union City, planning, $ 100,000

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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