Volume 51, Number 36

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, September 4, 2014

Recovery act funding forByrdstown Water dept. Awarded

Governor Phil Bredesen
and Department of Environment
and Conservation Commissioner
Jim Fyke
announced this week a Drinking
Water Mentoring Initiative
grant for the Byrdstown
Water Department in Pickett
County. The grant is funded
by the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act, and
will provide free training materials
and $15,100 in salary
support to help the system
hire, train and mentor an upand-
coming water quality professional.
The Byrdstown Water Department
serves approximately
6,700 people and is
one of 10 systems across the
state to receive this grant.
“This Recovery Act funding
will help some of our smaller
communities train the water
quality professionals responsible
for providing Tennesseans
with clean, reliable
water,” said Bredesen. “This
will provide jobs and help
these communities ensure
their drinking water systems
continue to be managed to
protect public health.”
To qualify for the grants,
drinking water systems must
serve fewer than 10,000 people
and be located in a county
with an unemployment rate of
more than 10 percent at the
time of application.
Grant recipients must hire
and retain trainees for at least
12 months. Environment and
Conservation staff will make
site visits throughout the year
to ensure trainees are being
adequately mentored. All
training classes will be held at
the Fleming Training Center,
which is operated by Environment
and Conservation and
provides water and wastewater
training, certification
and technical assistance to
systems across the state.
“I’m pleased to be able to
work with our drinking water
partners in these communities
to train the next generation
of certified drinking
water operators in Tennessee,”
said Fyke.
The funding for the Drinking
Water Mentoring Initiative
comes from the Fleming
Training Center, which receives
two percent of the federal
funding granted to the
Drinking Water State Revolving
Fund. In 2009, the Drinking
Water State Revolving
Fund received approximately
$20 million in Recovery Act
funding from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency.
The remaining funds will be
utilized for other Fleming
Training Center programs.
“The Byrdstown Water Department’s
customers will be
well served by this use of Recovery
Act funding,” said Senator
Charlotte Burks.
“These grants are an investment
in the future of our
smaller communities,” added
Representative Les Winningham.

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