Gannon Announces Grant For Rural Water Line Extension

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Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon announced today the funding of a Community Development Block Grant for a water line extension for rural Cannon County.

The project began in the summer of 2007, Gannon said, when residents in the Basham Ridge and the Lake Anne areas of Cannon County petitioned him for help with their water needs.

Residents on Lake Anne Road, Basham Ridge Road and Finnie Simmons Road in Cannon County do not have access to clean, safe, potable drinking water. In 2007 and 2008, residents in the area were having to haul water because their wells and springs were dry as the result of a drought.

Access to safe, sanitary water will be a great asset to the residents of these areas, Gannon said.

After surveying the areas, it was determined they meet the low-to-moderate income requirements needed to apply for a Community Development Block Grant through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Without CDBG funding, there was no financially feasible way for Cannon County to correct this life-threatening situation.

After the study of available water sources, it was determined the Woodbury Water Department was the most feasible connection point. In addition to serving the desperate rural families, this connection will allow Woodbury to connect two sections of its water lines on Finnie Simmons Road, enabling the town to better circulate its water, thereby improving its quality.

“There is a serious need for a safe, reliable source of potable water for the residents in each of these three areas of Cannon County,” Gannon said. “Cannon County is pleased to partner with the Town of Woodbury on this project and is proud to have the support of the Upper Cumberland Development District. This has been a long process, and I am proud to see it come to fruition.”

The total cost of the project is $317,600. The Town of Woodbury is funding $39,100. The CDBG grant is for $278,500. The Town of Woodbury will receive revenue from the new water and sewer customers.

“The Upper Cumberland Development District is happy to have been involved in the Cannon County waterline extension project. We support projects such as this throughout the Upper Cumberland,” Wendy Askins, Executive Director, Upper Cumberland Development District, said.

“The primary mission of our organization is to improve the quality of life throughout our 14-county area, and helping families gain access to clean water is in keeping with our mission; it’s what we’re all about. We appreciate the work of the State of Tennessee in the Upper Cumberland, and we’re glad to partner with the ECD on such meaningful projects,” Askins said.


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December 13, 2011 at 8:55pm
My parents on Toy Denny road do not have acess to clean water either. They have wells that turn dirty especially when it rains. Something needs to be done about several areas of the county.
December 14, 2011 at 5:48am
We've being trying to get water to the Stones
River Rd area for over 10 years with no success. This is within 5 miles of the City of Woodbury. We have low water, sulphur water, dingy water, etc. We have already spent thousands of dollars on filtering systems. Don't know what else we can do at this point. Looks like there no
hope for our area.
December 14, 2011 at 7:16am
There should be fresh water for everyone in the county not just a few.
December 14, 2011 at 7:37am
In time there probably will be water lines running to most areas of the county, but it took about five years for this grant request to go though, so it will take awhile. It also has to be financially feasible in terms of the number of current or potential customers in a specific location.
December 14, 2011 at 8:04am
I live on Hill Creek Rd, there is city water one quarter of a mile on each side of me & we can't get water either. And we've been trying for over 15 years.
December 14, 2011 at 10:44am
It is the same way half way up Doolittle Road. My father does not have accessibility to water either.

He depends on a spring that never runs dry and is cold as ice. However, it hurts the property value and I have been told that some banks will not loan people money on their property unless they have city water or a well.
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