The Mayor of McBain and community officials have been working towards the goal of providing cleaner water for the city for three years. Now, it’s becoming a reality with their new City Water Improvement Project.
“The process took the normal amount of time,” said U.S. Sen. Curt Vanderall. “We worked through the little snags and got them done… and here we are. I am really pleased for the people here in McBain.”
The city has been working towards this goal since 2018. On Monday, construction officially started for the project, which is expected to be completed in August of 2022. It will include a new water treatment plant, a new well, improvements to the city’s existing well, and an abandonment of two older one’s.
Mayor of McMbain, Joey Roberts, says people the city has been dealing with discolored water for years, and although it isn’t harmful or toxic, it isn’t a good look.
“Residents have had brown water,” he said. “That was one of the big pushes for the city to try to alleviate those problems.”
The project is being funded by a $4.4 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, along with a few loans.
Sen. Curt Vanderwall says clean water is the most important thing for a community.
“We’ve seen what’s happened in Flint… we’ve seen what’s happened with the floods and some of the other things that have happened throughout the state. This is just an opportunity for the citizens to make sure that they’re always going to have quality water for their children, for their family, and for our uglies, so I am really pleased to be able to be apart of that.”