DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — One Wiregrass county will get vital funds to help with bringing better quality water to its residents.

In honor of Earth Day, Dale County is receiving more than $400,000 for two water-related projects.

The Newton Water and Sewer Board will get a $191,000 loan and a grant of just under
$150,000 to install remotely read water utility meters, allowing better tracking of water consumption.

Dale County Water Authority will get $74,000 to repair a broken water main caused by Hurricane Sally in September of 2020.

“Allow our rural systems to be able to require the funding to help them to help their rural communities and help the people have clean and safe drinking water,” Alabama State Director for Rural Development, Nivory Gordon said. “Which impacts the health and economic viability of all our rural communities.”

Community leaders tell WDHN News that the investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will benefit people living in Dale County for generations to come.