City looking for funding to improve old sewer plant

Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 6:12 PM CDT
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BONO, Ark. (KAIT) - The City of Bono is looking to receive a 5-million-dollar federal grant to get a much-needed new sewer system.

The current system, built in 1992, has experienced wear and tear. So, Mayor Danny Shaw said they are applying for a grant through the American Rescue Plan Act.

If approved, they would be able to install a new system which he says the town desperately needs as water levels are low.

“That has to be at a certain level. We are having a difficult time right now keeping those levels where the health department wants them to be,” Shaw said.

The water needs to be at a certain level so employees can run tests and make sure it has all the chemicals it needs.

Shaw added it’s important to upgrade the system so that the city can continue to grow its population.

“This is a very important project because we are laying the foundation for Bono to grow,” Shaw said.

At the end of the day even if the city is not selected, they have made sure the project gets done no matter what.

“If we don’t get this grant we will continue to apply for other grants and hopefully get some money,” Shaw said. “Otherwise, we will have to borrow the money from the USDA or the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission.”

The city will submit the grant application on Friday.