An EPA grant totaling $245,000 will help Staunton continue improvements to its aging water system. A water main project on Mill Street will be the beneficiary of the funds, and eventually the plan is to completely replace the existing infrastructure, which the city's mayor says dates back to the 1920s. Part of the larger project is the construction of a new water plant.
The city gets its water from a lake, and mayor Craig Neuhaus (pictured, left) says they are getting ready to upgrade to cutting-edge technology.
The grant, applied for by Macoupin County in 2010, transferred the awarded SAAP grant to Staunton's infrastructure project. This EPA grant is specifically designated for water infrastructure improvements and requires a 45% match of awarded funds.