MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Wednesday, Senator Dial announced that Governor Robert Bentley has approved $325,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for Chambers County.
The community of Standing Rock in Chambers County received a $200,000 grant from the ARC to install 27,450 linear feet of waterline to provide access to clean water. Residents in the area were previously sharing private community wells that were shallow and lacked sufficient capacity for adequate water.
Chambers County had also reported that eighty percent of their county wells were contaminated at varying levels from bacteria. The ARC grant will provide water service to forty-six households and two businesses in the Standing Rock community.
“For years, the partnership between Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and the ARC has played a pivotal role in the development of communities in Alabama,” said Governor Bentley. “This grant is helping citizens access the most basic necessity in life— water.”
“I worked closely with ADECA and Governor Bentley to secure this grant for Chambers County,” Senator Dial said. “No community in Alabama should have trouble accessing clean water, so when this need was brought to my attention, I made sure Governor Bentley and his staff knew this was a top priority for my district.”
Funding for ARC grants is made available annually by appropriations from Congress. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is responsible for the administrative functions of the ARC in Alabama. The ARC is a regional economic development agency that was established by an act of Congress in 1965 to create a partnership between the federal, state, and local government.
“ADECA is pleased to play a role in helping extend a safe, plentiful supply of water to residents in the Standing Rock community,” ADECA Director Jim Byard, Jr. said. “Our mission is to create stronger communities, and I believe these grants will do just that.”
Senator Gerald Dial represents District 13 in the Alabama Senate, which includes all or parts of Randolph, Lee, Cleburne, Clay, Cherokee, and Chambers counties. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Gerald and his wife Faye reside in Lineville.