MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $350,000 grant to enable the Russellville Water and Sewer Board to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant and triple its capacity.
Funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will assist the board in increasing sewage capacity an additional 7.5 million gallons a day at the Radford “Joe” Murray Wastewater Treatment Plant. The upgrade will ensure the city of Russellville is prepared to handle growth and remains well above state permitted wastewater levels.
“The upgrade and expansion of the Russellville sewer treatment plant will ensure that the growing needs of both residents and businesses are met, as well as being a benefit for future economic development,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the Russellville Water and Sewer Board for taking this step to serve its customers, and I am pleased to announce this grant to help complete this project.”
The project will bring an inactive wastewater holding pond back into service through the replacement of pipes and lines and new aeration equipment. The improvements will increase the amount of the sewage that can be treated at the plant to 11 million gallons a day. Current capacity is 3.5 million gallons per day.
The system services 2,552 residential customers and 616 commercial customers.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.
“The Appalachian Regional Commission has been a valued partner for more than half a century to Alabama towns, counties and communities in the north and central part of the state,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA and Gov. Ivey very much value this partnership, and we are so appreciative of the positive impact ARC has made for Alabamians.”
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 Franklin 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