News Release 478

Department of Natural Resources awards $500,000 grant to Bowling Green for water system improvements

Volume 38-478 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO AUG. 18, 2010 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded Bowling Green a $500,000 grant to connect the community to a reliable source of drinking water. 

The city will use the grant to fund a connection fee and construction of facilities to receive drinking water from the Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission.  The funds will be used in conjunction with grant and loan funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program.  The project is estimated to cost $4.66 million and is expected to be completed in April 2011.

“Providing a reliable, safe supply of drinking water requires a substantial investment in infrastructure,” said Department of Natural Resources Director Mark N. Templeton. “We’re glad to be able to provide Bowling Green a boost toward their investment.”

The department sold $50 million in bonds in November 2007 to support the Clean Water Initiative for water and wastewater improvements. The Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds and 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 call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192.