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March 08, 2019
Bethune Rural Water Company receives $156,648 grant toward generators.
Bethune Rural Water Company Incorporated, a private non-profit water distribution company, located in northeastern Kershaw County has been awarded a Hazard Mitigation Grant through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will provide 75% or $156,648 toward the total cost of $208,864 to install one diesel powered, standby generator at each of the four well sites that Bethune Rural Water operates. These well sites provide water for consumer and commercial consumption along with fire protection for our over 1,100 customers in the Buffalo, Mt. Pisgah, Abney, Gates Ford, Timrod, and Bethune Communities.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is designed to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. For this funding cycle, the grant was based on Hurricane Matthew and its impact to the state of South Carolina.
These generators will ensure that our customers will continue to have a reliable source of water in the event of a power failure.
The grant was applied for by the team of Stephen Taylor, Operations Manager of Bethune Rural Water Company, and Chris Jones, Fire Chief of Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department, with the support of other Bethune Rural Water Company staff and board of directors, Kershaw County Emergency Management and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.