U.S. EPA awards funds to city for improvements to drinking water system
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $388,000 to the city of Russell, Kan., for improvements to its drinking water system. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2012.
“Enhancing the safety of drinking water systems is an important step in providing safe drinking water to the residents of Russell. These water infrastructure funds will partially fund the construction project which is estimated to cost $843,500,” EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said.
The purpose of the project is to replace old, deteriorating cast iron pipe with new plastic pipe, eliminating leaks that have been occurring the past 20 years. Such leaks can cause low water pressure and introduce contaminants to the water, which is a potential risk to public health.
The construction will include approximately 5,400 ft of 6-in. and 4,500 ft of 8-in. water line, water valves and fire hydrants.