State Director Robert M. Steptoe, III, today announced that Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan of $2,200,000 for the City of Ripley, Jackson County.

Rural Development funds will be used to make various improvements to their water treatment plant. These improvements will include the addition of a rapid mix unit, flocculation units, settling basins, micro-filtration units, a 125,000 gallon clearwell, high service pumps, and miscellaneous appurtenances in order to double the plant capacity from 750 gallons per minute to 1,500 gallons per minute.

Steptoe remarked, "This funding is a subsequent loan to cover a construction cost bid overrun that will benefit approximately 1,672 users for the City of Ripley and then approximately 2,070 users for Southern Jackson County Public Service District."

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