An additional $74 million has been allocated to help fund eligible drinking water infrastructure projects in communities across Mississippi.
Governor Tate Reeves approved sending the designated funds to the Mississippi Department of Health after signing House Bill 1715, authored by Representative John Read, R-Gautier, on Friday.
According to HB 1715, the funding will be used by the ARPA Rural Water Associations Infrastructure Grant Program to assist new water infrastructure construction projects throughout the state.
“My administration is committed to improving water infrastructure across Mississippi,” Reeves said. “We’ve already made historic investments in Mississippi’s infrastructure, and we are keeping that going today. I look forward to continuing to work with communities across our state to help ensure their residents have access to clean drinking water.”
The additional funding follows the $300 million invested into the grant program last year through HB 1538 and HB 1421.
Rural water associations have already submitted applications related to water to the Department of Health. The additional funds will ensure that the needs of every grant application from across the state can be met.