COLUMBIA — The town of New Ellenton has won a $350,000 grant to make upgrades to its wastewater collection and treatment system.
The town was among the top recipients from the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority program.
The $3.8 million in grants will benefit 14 water, sewer and drainage projects in 13 counties. More than 8,000 residents will benefit, according to the state Commerce Department, which houses the new rural agency.
Grants were awarded through a competitive process that focused on environmental quality standards and public health concerns. Factors in the selection process included the severity of the problem, the expected benefits and feasibility of the project, and the readiness to begin construction.
Grants ranged from $30,000 for the city of Belton to $600,000 for Darlington County.