$13 million in grants approved for 19 S.C. counties.

The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority has approved $13 million in grant assistance for 28 water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure projects throughout South Carolina.

The grants will be combined with more than $15.6 million in local and other funding to addressing health and environmental concerns including water quality, sewer overflows or frequent flooding, according to a news release. Other projects will replace or upgrade aging infrastructure or expand or improve existing infrastructure.

Combined, the projects will benefit more than 53,000 customers in 19 counties.

"Even as many communities face increased expenses and decreased revenues as they respond to today's challenges, the infrastructure that residents and businesses depend on continues to need improvement," Bonnie Ammons, RIA executive director, said in the release. "The investments we make today are crucial to maintaining public health and environmental standards and providing the foundation for strong local economies."

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers public health, environmental, community sustainability and economic development factors. Recipients share in project costs by paying for non-construction activities and often providing additional construction funds.

The recipients of the first round of grants for fiscal year 2021 are:

Anderson County, $490,000, sewer system improvements

City of Barnwell, $500,000, water system improvements

City of Camden, $500,000, water line improvements

City of Dillon, $471,000, water system improvements

Dorchester County, $260,000, economic water and sewer infrastructure

City of Easley, $483,603, drainage system upgrades

Fairfield County, $500,000, economic water infrastructure

Gaffney Board of Public Works, $54,617, water system improvements

Gilbert Summit Rural Water District, $500,000, water line improvements

City of Goose Creek, $500,000, water line improvements

Greenville County/Blue Ridge Rural Water Co...

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