FEBRUARY 7, 2012 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $243,386 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the Village of Bee to update components of its water system.
Bee (pop. 191) will use the funding to replace undersized and aging water mains and valves leading from the well to water tower, replace water meters throughout the village, and repaint the water tower.
Replacement of the water mains will improve the system's functioning and reliability. Repainting the water tower will remove rust and lead, leading to a longer life.
Additional funding of $309,139 through grant and loan funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund will complete the project.
Federal funds are made available to DED from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's CDBG program to assist with the development of businesses and communities throughout the state. Funding requests for this program are administered by DED and are available to local governments with populations less than 50,000 and counties in Nebraska.