The City of Fountain Hill has received a grant of $200,000 to improve its wastewater treatment plant and lift stations.

The money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) State Program for Small Cities and is administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Grants Division, was officially awarded at a ceremony with Gov. Asa Hutchinson Oct. 18.

Communities must have a population of less than 50,000 and at least 51 percent of the persons benefitting from the project must be of low- to moderate-income to receive the CBDG grants.

The city has previously received a grant for the project from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

Approval for that grant in an amount up to $125,000 — which comes from the ANRC’s Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Fund — is contingent on the city establishing and maintaining a 6 percent depreciation reserve fund.

“These funds will be used for treatment plant and lift station improvements. The number of customers served will be 436,” said Mark Bennett, ANRC Water Development Division Manager.

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