(NASHVILLE) State Rep. Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna, and State Rep. Charlie Baum, R-Murfreesboro, announced that Smyrna will receive a $3.9 million grant to improve water infrastructure.
The grant, administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), is among 43 grants totaling $203.2 million from the state’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) fund.
Smyrna will receive $3.9 million to correct significant non-compliance issues, including wastewater plant capacity needs. Sewer rehabilitation efforts will involve the replacement of 4,000 linear feet of sewer lines along with manhole rehabilitation.
“Having adequate and reliable infrastructure is vital for the success of any community,” Sparks and Baum said in a joint statement. “This funding will be used to correct existing issues while also helping to ensure that Smyrna is best prepared for the future. We appreciate TDEC’s continued partnership and support of these important projects.”
Tennessee received $3.7 billion from the ARP, and the state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group dedicated $1.35 billion of those funds to TDEC to support water projects in communities throughout Tennessee. Of the $1.35 billion, approximately $1 billion was designated for non-competitive formula-based grants offered to counties and eligible cities. The remaining funds will go to state-initiated projects and competitive grants.