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

 

Officials with the South Central Ozark Community Improvement Corporation (SCOCIC) and South Central Ozark Council of Governments (SCOCOG) announced funding is still available for water well improvements.

The non-profit corporations received grant funding totaling $150,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $300,000 USDA Rural Development Household Water Well System Program. It will be used to establish a revolving loan fund program for eligible homeowners 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. The purpose of the program is 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 wells,” said SCOCIC Chairman Leo Warren.

The homes must be located in areas not served by municipal water systems. The applications were developed and submitted to the respective funding agencies by SCOCOG staff earlier last year. Applications need to be turned in quickly, as this can be a lengthy process.

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

• 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.

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