Fifty-Six receives $830,000 loan from state to install over four miles of water line

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The town of Fifty-Six, Ark., was among five areas in the state receiving loans for water and wastewater projects from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Commission.

Fifty-Six received approval for an $831,416 loan to install 4.5 miles of water line.

On Wednesday morning, Fifty-Six Mayor Ernestine McDaniel said the funding will allow the city water system to connect to the Mountain View Water System which will then provide its water supply to system patrons of the town.

The mayor said for some time now, the Fifty-Six water supply has been provided by what she describes as “a very, very deep well,” and, lately, it has been insufficient to serve the system’s customers.

The mayor noted that the system will be allowed to lay the 4.5 miles of water line above ground because of the “emergency situation.” She said the city will then have 18 months to put the water line underground.

McDaniel said that project is estimated to cost $1.8 million. The mayor said rough terrain drives up the cost.

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