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June 6, 2019
Gov. Ivey announces grant to upgrade Gordo sewage plant

MONTGOMERY —Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $173,680 grant to help the town of Gordo upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to comply with state environmental regulations.

The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will enable the Gordo Water, Gas and Sewer Board to complete the second of two phases in upgrading the wastewater facility. The town has been working to upgrade the plant after an inspection by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management found several deficiencies.

“Since its beginning more than 50 years ago, the Appalachian Regional Commission has helped eligible Alabama communities accomplish needed projects and goals,” Ivey said. “I am thankful for Alabama’s continued partnership with ARC, and I am certainly glad to see the town of Gordo utilizing this program to address an important need.”

ARC funds will be used to remove grit that accumulates in the plant’s aeration basins and hinders the treatment of wastewater. Local funds of $74,434 have been pledged for the project.

The town was able to take advantage of funding from the Delta Regional Authority in 2017 to address a treatment hindrance in the first phase of the project. Pickens County is one of the few Alabama counties that is eligible for funding from both programs.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC and DRA programs in Alabama.

“The town of Gordo is certainly wise to take advantage of these programs to help better serve their community,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “I join Gov. Ivey in her vision to help improve Alabama towns, cities and counties.”

ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments. The agency’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. Thirty-seven Alabama counties, including Pickens County, are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.

ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.


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For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/