Water authority receives $2.5 million grant

Water upgrades are possible with a $2.5 million grant the Marion County Public Water Authority received.

HAMILTON — The Marion County Public Water Authority was announced on May 31, as the recipient of a $2.5 million grant from Senator Tommy Tuberville’s office to go toward upgrading drinking water infrastructure.
Tuberville started as a senator in 2021, but opted not to participate in the earmark process, which gives congressmen access to funds they can use for projects like this after he voiced concerns over past abuse.
This year, Tuberville chose to participate, and he has announced that he will be contributing $2.5 million toward a water authority project that will give more people in rural Marion County access to safe, clean drinking water. The water authority will match $200,000.
“The Marion County Public Water Authority is a rural water authority designed to supply potable drinking water, and water for fire protection, to citizens in rural areas of the county,” the water authority said in their grant application, written by water authority general manager Jan Cummings. “This project will extend public water service to residents in rural Marion County who are not connected to a sanitary water supply.

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