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Greenwood County RWD 1

Rural Water District #1, Greenwood County to make water system improvements using "sweat equity"

Rural Water District No. 1, Greenwood County, will use volunteer labor from the community and $399,550 in KAN STEP funding from the Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce) to replace aging water lines. Greenwood RWD 1 is located in Greenwood County near Eureka, KS.

The District's present water distribution system is aging and undersized for the growth that the county has realized recently. The new project will include installation of 45,000 linear feet of 2 and 4-inch water line. The total cost of the project will be $704,982. The community will provide $305,432 in volunteer labor or "sweat equity" with a KAN STEP grant of $399,550.

Lloyd Rice, Jr., is Chairman of the RWD Board of Directors and will be a volunteer on the project. The sparkplug for the project is Greenwood RWD 1 operator, Jim Boughner. B G Consultants, Inc., Manhattan, Kansas, is the project consultant. Grant administration is being provided by Donna Crawford, Governmental Assistance Services, Lawrence, KS. The Kansas Rural Water Association will provide inspection services and assistance to the volunteers.

KAN STEP is a self-help program that enables small communities to make major infrastructure improvements. Local people volunteer labor and services or "sweat equity," while the Kansas Department of Commerce provides funding for materials and technical services. An acronym for Kansas Small Towns Environment Program, KAN STEP gives small Kansas communities an opportunity to do projects they couldn't otherwise afford. The funding is provided through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

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