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Grand Bay Water Works, Board, Alabama receives environmental recognition for protecting public health

Release Date: 02/28/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. - February 28, 2007) Grand Bay Water Works in Board, Alabama was presented with the 2006 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Award for Sustainable Public Health Protection. The DWSRF finances projects that protect the quality of our drinking water infrastructure across the nation. The 2006 Awards recognize DWSRF borrowers who demonstrated leadership and innovation in financing, innovative project implementation, creative use of partnerships, or promotion of sustainable infrastructure.

Grand Bay Water Works used a DWSRF loan to install five miles of waterline and a one million gallon elevated water tank. The new system brings safe drinking water to approximately 65 households and supplements the existing water supply to serve the Grand bay population on both sides of a major interstate highway. The new water tank also served as an emergency shelter during the hurricanes of 2005.

The Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended in 1996, established the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to make funds available to drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.