Greenville Water Receives $500,000 Grant from the Rural Infrastructure Authority for Upcoming City View Mill Village Project

The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) awarded $500,000 in grant assistance to Greenville Water in support of the City View mill village water main replacement.

The RIA grant provides Greenville Water the opportunity to support City View’s economic transformation by providing significant improvements that will help strengthen and improve water infrastructure capacity. To do this, Greenville Water has targeted the City View mill village for full main replacement of 16,500 linear feet of new water mains that were installed throughout the neighborhood over the past 70 years.

“Mill villages throughout the county are notorious for having inconsistencies in their infrastructure due to a lack of standards and cost savings installation measures,” said David Bereskin, Greenville Water Chief Executive Officer. “Improving City View’s infrastructure promotes public health, and has the added benefit of attracting economic development for the community.”

The mains within the City View neighborhood were not adequately maintained due to poor funding and were in disrepair when they were acquired by Greenville Water in 1995. Resolving these issues are fundamental to providing the level of water service that is expected by customers for the next 50–100 years and to enhance the environmental quality of the community.

“Our mission is to work in partnership with communities to make them stronger and more sustainable by investing in their infrastructure foundation,” said Bonnie Ammons, RIA Executive Director. “Such investments will help maintain health and environmental standards for residents and open the door to new economic opportunities.”

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability through regionalization and economic development. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on numerous criteria, including the severity of the problem, expected positive impact for the community and project feasibility. Recipients share in the cost of projects by paying for non-construction activities and, often times, providing additional funds for construction.

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Greenville Water provides service to nearly 500,000 residents of the Upstate region of South Carolina.  Recognizing that water service is critical to the health and well-being of its customers and for the growth and economic vitality of the community, Greenville Water ensures the reliable delivery of high-quality water through careful stewardship of its resources. Greenville Water is committed to providing exceptional service and utilizing safe and effective methods for providing water, while adhering to and surpassing health and safety standards. Governed by an elected Commission of Public Works, Greenville Water is the state’s largest water utility.