News Release 003

Gov. Nixon announced Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission receives a $500,000 grant for drinking water improvements

Volume 38-003 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 5, 2009 -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission with a $500,000 grant. During tough economic times, this infusion of grant funding will help the commission protect its citizens and the environment by making necessary drinking water improvements.

The commission will use the grant to fund approximately 10 percent of the Phase I construction of distribution improvements, a booster pump station and a 1 million gallon elevated storage tank to serve the cities of Bowling Green and Wellsville. The department provided $4,390,000 in matching funds for the project through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act loan and grant in November 2009. The project is estimated to cost $4,890,000 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010.

The department sold $50 million in bonds in November 2007. The sale of the bonds allows the department to provide the commission with grant funds to support the Clean Water Initiative for water and wastewater improvements.

The Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities to assist with funding efforts that support water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects as well as provide a financial savings.

For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192.