MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $199,500 grant to help the town of Brilliant construct a new water tank to ensure continued service to residents and businesses.
The town will use funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission to construct a 50,000-gallon water storage tank and water lines to connect to existing lines.
“A clean and ample supply of water is an important community need,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend town leaders for recognizing the need to replace the old water tank with one that will supply the community for many years to come.”
The town turned to Gov. Ivey and the ARC program for assistance to complete the water tank project. Town officials said increased construction costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic made the project financially unfeasible because of the higher price of building materials.
The system supplies water for nearly 500 residents and 36 businesses.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.
“The Appalachian Regional Commission has in many instances been a godsend for many communities which have struggled to complete needed infrastructure projects,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and the ARC in seeing this project fulfilled.”
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 Marion 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.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs