Grant money pouring in

Two local towns have received more than $1 million for water projects in the past few months.
The city of Barnwell has been awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for the Hagood Avenue water project.
The grant - federal dollars distributed by the state Department of Commerce - totals $484,907 and will go toward replacing the sewer line along Hagood Avenue and Colonial Drive.
Also, fire hydrants will be placed in the Colonial Drive and Oak Lane area, and the Peach Tree Gardens Road and Elberta Circle area in order to meet state code. Currently, there is one hydrant serving Peach Tree Gardens and Elberta, one on Oak Street and two on Colonial Drive.
Construction will begin next year.
Blackville has also been awarded $469,000 in CDBG funds for its water system. The town has received nearly $1.5 million in various grant funding this year.
In June, Blackville was awarded a $350,000 infrastructure grant from the state for its wastewater treatment plant. The town has also received the $500,000 grant for phase two of the South Boundary revitalization project. Construction for the project is also scheduled to begin next year.