Grand Ridge Water

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A government grant is giving a small town an economic boost. Grand Ridge residents kicked off construction on a waterline extension project Tuesday.

Representatives from Cong. Allen Boyd's office and the USDA Rural Development Council members were on hand to assist with the groundbreaking.

The waterline extension project will tie into an existing waterline and is expected to increase opportunity for economic development within the town of Grand Ridge. It will immediately provide water to a nearby gas station and save 14 jobs at that business.

Ugene Pittman of the USDA says, "Right now, if they weren't able to get water, and good water to the businesses, the other state agency would have to close them down."

The project was made possible by a grant from the Rural Business Enterprise. The grant was for $167,397. Town officials expect the waterline to be in full operation in about two months.