PSJ awarded grant for water

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

The neighborhood of North Port St. Joe will begin to see water line replacement in the near future.

The city of Port St. Joe has been awarded a $650,000 Community Development Block Grant which will fund water line replacement along Avenues B-D between Battle Street and U.S. Highway 98.

In effect, the grant allows the city to complete phase one of the replacement of some 20 miles of aging water distribution pipe which is believed the primary culprit in the city’s ongoing issues with discolored water.

The CDBG grant was sought last year as a method to pay for one portion of the first phase – and save the city costs of tapping into loans/grants from the State Revolving Fund – of water line replacement.

Due to the age of pipes and financial demographics, the area of North Port St. Joe was seen as a prime candidate for a CDBG to underwrite the work.

“This is big,” said Mayor Mel Magidson.

The award comes as the contractor is winding up work on the opening phase, which was the replacement of roughly eight miles of pipe. There are some dry connections still to be made, said engineer Clay Smallwood with Preble Rish Engineers, but the contractor is wrapping up the work in the coming weeks.

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