Improvements to Lead Hill treatment plant touted

LEAD HILL (AP) - Officials say a project to improve a north Arkansas water treatment plant marks the 500th water and wastewater project funded with federal stimulus money.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture marked the milestone Tuesday at the Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority Treatment Plant in Lead Hill. The plant received $62 million in USDA Recovery Act funds to build 120 miles of water pipeline, nine pumping stations and six elevated water tanks.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission also provided nearly $10 million for the project, which serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses.

The project aimed to address an insufficient amount of water and poor quality of groundwater in the rural area.

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