HAYTI, MO (KFVS) - The city of Hayti broke ground on a new $2.8 million water treatment facility Wednesday.
More than $3 million in federal stimulus grants were secured for this project and other projects in the city.
City officials say it's been a long time coming.
"We might have been overlooked a little bit in the past, but we're making sure we're getting our name out there and letting people know this is where we're at, and this is what we need to try to help us," said Mayor Bobby Watkins.
Watkins says water quality will improve after the new plant is built and 90-year-old pipes are replaced.
"There's a high rust content in our water here so the water is always a yellow tent, sometimes it's even been brown in some people's homes," he said. "This new plant coming in with the new filtering process that's going to be involved is going to help take care of a lot of our problems."
Hayti's police and fire departments will also see an upgrade with new vehicles. Fire Chief Bob Turnage says it's the city's first new fire truck in more than a decade.
"I doubt if the town the size of Hayti could afford to have a truck like this if we weren't getting this kind of a grant," he said.
More than $250,000 will also be invested in street repairs.
The water treatment project is scheduled to be completed in December.