TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) — Governor Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $2 million to help several local governments, schools, nonprofits and others save money by reducing their energy use.
One of the biggest beneficiaries in the Tennessee Valley is the Hawk Pride Mountain Water System in Tuscumbia. They received $246,000 to install energy-efficient motor drive additions to two water wells.
The State Energy Program helps qualified organizations and groups reduce costs by making energy-efficient improvements to buildings and operations. Grants help replace outdated heating, cooling and lighting with more modern, cost-effective equipment.
Greg Dalrymple of the Hawk Pride Water System explained his plans to News 19 on Tuesday.
“We’re going to use it (the grant money) to install a system on our water tanks where we can check it from the office instead of driving down the road in our vehicles,” Dalrymple said. “We got an offer on the radio, but they say it won’t be reliable because there are hills and screams and trees, so we’re going for satellites,” he continued.
With a growing rural customer base of 1,400 and a staff of just seven, the board says they worked hard until they could get an update.
“Given the age of our system, it was installed in the ’70s or late ’60s, so this is really the first upgrade. We’re trying to get more grants to improve our system…It’s just falling apart,” Hawk Pride Water System board member Randy Gargis told News 19.
In the long term, the company says it will reduce overtime and speed up the leak repair process, significantly reducing the process of completing some tasks by up to 10 days.
A number of Tennessee Valley groups received funding, including Niche Polymer in Killen, Swearengin Water Systems in Grant and the Health Care Authority in the city of Huntsville.