BRITTON'S NECK, SC (WMBF) - Congressman Jim Clyburn announced on Tuesday that millions of dollars in federal grants and low interest loans have been made available to help supply clean water to parts of lower Marion County.
Clyburn says many of the people in Britton's Neck, Centenary and Gresham live below the poverty level, and can't afford to get quality water. Right now they get their water from a well, and it's well water that health officials say is contaminated.
"This community was one of the communities I had in mind, when we were putting this bill together and the local people worked it," said Clyburn. "If we don't have good clean drinking water, if they don't have access to the internet, they are going to fall further and further behind in school."
MarCo Rural Water Company is responsible for bringing the 400 residents the fresh water. They say much of the piping will stretch along Highway 41.
"It's a little better than 51 miles of pipe consisting of 8 inch, 6 inch and 3 inch. We hope to provide quality drinking water to everyone along this area and fire protection where feasible," said Doug Hooks with MarCo. "It'll also provide a reduction of insurance on your houses, if a hydrant is within so many feet of your house."
MarCo is asking residents to sign up to tap into the line by November, and plans to have the work completed by the end of next year.