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Oak Grove will get its water line

Bowie County will aid effort, put in $100,000 by Greg Bischof | January 28, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.

NEW BOSTON, Texas -- The Oak Grove Water Supply Corp. will get the money it needs to help refurbish a water supply line.

Bowie County Commissioners agreed, during a special meeting Friday, to grant the corporation's request for $99,239, which will come from the county's American Rescue Act Fund.

The money will be used to help replace 22,000 linear feet of the corporation's old water pipeline.

The Commissioners Court agreed to grant the money after County Judge Bobby Howell said research into the legalities conducted by both him and the court members indicated that it would legal to use money from the $18.5 million in federal funds the county will receive.

Howell pointed specifically to a Environmental Protection Agency provision that allows the county to legally transfer the funds since the money involves supplying drinking water to county residents.

Last week, commissioners agreed to table action for a second time on the corporation's initial Dec. 27 request so as to allow for further study by commissioners.

The corporation plans to combined these funds for water pipeline replacement with $227,250 in state grant funds that the corporation has already secured. The combined amount of $326,489, for the water pipe replacement will help supply water to at least 80 residents living on three nearby county roads, as well as along a portion of U.S. Highway 82 in the DeKalb area.

Efforts to start work on this pipeline began in 2018.

Print Headline: Oak Grove will get its water line

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