Assistance for wells is available under a new program available in Texas County.

Grant funding is available for eligible homeowners as part of a regional program to assist in providing financing improvements for individual household well systems, including drilling new wells that will serve existing households or to remediate problems with existing ones

Officials with the South Central Ozark Community Improvement Corporation (SCOCIC) and South Central Ozark Council of Governments (SCOCOG) announced their respective non-profit corporations have received grant funding totaling $150,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $300,000 USDA Rural Development Household Water Well System Program. The funding will be used within the seven-county region of Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright Counties.

“Both non-profit organizations have been working for over a year to secure the grants that will be used to implement this regional Household Water Well Initiative,” said Leo Warren, SCOCIC chairman.

The homes must be in areas not served by municipal water systems. The applications were developed and submitted to the respective funding agencies by SCOCOG staff earlier this year.

Eligibility and information pertaining to the low interest loan program includes:

–Proof of property ownership and occupancy (no rental properties or new construction).

–Combined household income less than $39,043 per year.

–Loan recipient must pay a minimum of $250 toward total project cost.

–Ability to make payments at 1 percent interest rate over a maximum of 20-year period

–Maximum loan amount is $11,000

For more information and/or to receive an application and discuss possible assistance, contact Monty Smith at, Kyle Walker at or by phone at SCOCOG offices in Pomona at 417-256-4226.


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