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Five cities to benefit from USDA clean water funding

Water infrastructure

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tennessee State Director Arlisa Armstrong five municipalities will benefit from more than $20.8 million for six projects to bring clean water, state-of-the-art infrastructure and economic growth to rural communities.

The municipalities of Stanton, Paris, Bristol, Bluff City, and Erin will all be benefiting from the funds. Stanton will use funds to increase water service to Blue Oval City, the city’s fire station, a large-scale daycare for Blue Oval employees, and the TCAT at the Blue Oval site. The funds will also expand Stanton’s sewer system and increase wastewater plant efficiency, benefiting more than 700 residents.  

The Paris Utility Authority will use funding to replace water lines for the Paris BPU Water Department. Bristol-Bluff City Utility District (BBCUD) will use funding to ensure compliance with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) standards by upgrading piping and materials. The City of Erin will use funding to provide additional financing to complete Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements at the Erin City Hall.  

Two other projects awarded funds include line replacement projects for the Northeast Lawrence Utility District and the North Stewart Utility District.