Lewisville--United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer was in Lewisville April 28 to highlight funding that will help ameliorate the city’s water treatment and supply facility.

Lewisville will be able to replace aging infrastructure with $926,000 from the USDA. The project is part of the nationwide USDA Earth Day celebration taking place throughout April.

Instead of getting their water from their own wells, they’ll get it from the wells of Red Rock, the company now in charge of their water system, said Vickie Dewar, a member of the city council who also sits on the water project committee. “It was a very hard push to get people to go this direction, but we’ll get better quality water. The filtering system is all rusted-out--it’s a mess.”

Barb Pfeil, mayor pro tem, said the city has a 35-year system that has been used for 45 years. “Our water system has failed.”

It will cost roughly $1.5 million for the system overhaul, and the money not covered by the U.S.D.A. will come from grants and loans, Dewar said.

For the complete story, including a timeline for the project, please see the May 1 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.