The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $564,000 in grants and low-interest loans to Barry County Public Water Supply District No. 2, which serves 70 customers in the Crestwood West Subdivision in Shell Knob.
"It has been a long uphill battle, but we finally received approval," said John Tyler, president of the Crestwood West Subdivision Lot Owners Association. "We will be putting in a larger supply tank and completely redoing our lines according to DNR specifications."
The water supply tank that currently serves the subdivision is around 42 years old, and the system's lines have not been replaced or upgraded since 1968, said Tyler.
DNR awarded the district a $282,000 low-interest loan and a $282,000 grant for the replacement project, which is expected to be complete in November.
The funding comes from Missouri's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which provides significant financing to assist communities with infrastructure needs for water quality, wastewater and drinking water.
A portion of the funding will be targeted toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects. The monies will help the district protect its residents and the environment by making necessary drinking water improvements.
DNR's Water Protection Program will administer the grant and loan funds.
In November of 2007, the Crestwood West Subdivision Lot Owners Association established Barry County Public Water Supply District No. 2 in order to be eligible for state and federal grant funding and loan programs.