Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) today announced that 24 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.  Crawford County is among the 24 communities who received the 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Crawford County is awarded $600,000 to construct a new water tank to supply customers served by the Patoka Water Company. The new tank will be built adjacent to the existing tank site, hold approximately 100,000-gallons of water and stand approximately 110 feet tall.

The goals of the Wastewater/Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible Wastewater/Drinking Water Program projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.

“By investing in our state’s water infrastructure, we are laying the foundation for regional growth and prosperity,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch. “These grants are supporting projects that are crucial to rural communities’ continual economic development and improving the quality of life for its residents.”