Madison County provided $50,000 in ARPA funding to aid in cleaner drinking water for residents on the eastern side of the county.
Madison County officials presented Bond/Madison Water Co. with a “check” on Monday to reimburse the district with American Rescue Plan Act funding for upgrades it made to its facilities. The county provides districts ARPA funding once projects/purchases are complete.
“This funding helped the Bond/Madison Water District in achieving their goals of safer, cleaner drinking water,” County Board member Frank Dickerson of Worden said.
Bond/Madison Water Co. Operator Manager Marty Landmann said during the past year upgrades were made to the system to include new motor drives, chlorine analyzers along with upgraded frequency drives as well as purchasing a small building to store equipment to shield it from any inclement weather.
Landmann said the new equipment replaced the old, which was falling into disrepair.
The water company, which is a not-for-profit, operates four facilities and serves residents in the communities of Alhambra, Hamel, Grantfork, Livingston, Marine, Pocahontas, St. Jacob and Worden as well as the Three County Public Water District, which is served by approximately 400 miles of water main.
The rural water system directly and indirectly supplies water to more than 15,000 individuals.
Madison County Board member Mick Madison of Bethalto and chairman pro-tem said the county has seen the positive impacts of using its American Rescue Plan Act funding, especially as it’s provided it various water, wastewater and stormwater projects throughout the county.
“We are seeing the positive impact that ARPA funding has on drinking and wastewater projects across our county by providing federal funding to taxing districts that normally would not receive any,” Madison said. “The county would have had to use county taxpayer funding, solely, for these infrastructure projects otherwise.”