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Richland County receives $9M grant to improve stormwater infrastructure – ABC Columbia

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Courtesy: Richland County press release

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RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO)– Richland County has received a $9 million grant to improve the county’s stormwater infrastructure, says the county.

The county says the grant will be used on a water project to rehabilitate and replace the drainage system for the Hickory Ridge development in Southeast Richland.

An engineer was found to begin the project’s design phase, and construction is projected to begin in Spring 2025.

The grant was received through the S.C. Infrastructure Investment Program (SCIIP) which is administered by the state’s Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA).

“Taking care of our stormwater infrastructure is vital for our community. These improvements will make life better for Hickory Ridge and for Lower Richland as a whole,” said County Councilwoman Chakisse Newton, whose Council District 11 includes the Hickory Ridge area.

Richland County Council approved the project in February and allowed County staff to move forward with the process of selecting a project engineer.

County officials say the upgrades will affect about 90 households.

Proposed upgrades to improve water quality in the development include replacing the existing system with larger pipes, adding drainage pipe networks, excavating wider channels with shallow slopes, and implementing oil/grit separators or alternative best management practices.

Residents with questions or comments on the project can contact Pitts at pitts.david@richlancountysc.gov or 803-576-2421 or mail comments to: Richland County Public Works, Stormwater Management Division, Attention: David Pitts Jr., Stormwater Manager, 400 Powell Road, Columbia, SC 29203.

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