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Culkin Water District in Vicksburg, Mississippi receives award for environmental performance

Release Date: 02/28/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(Atlanta, Ga. - February 28, 2007) Culkin Water District in Vicksburg, Mississippi was presented with the 2006 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Award for Sustainable Public Health Protection. The DWSRF finances projects that protect the quality of our drinking water infrastructure across the nation. The 2006 Awards recognize DWSRF borrowers who demonstrated leadership and innovation in financing, innovative project implementation, creative use of partnerships, or promotion of sustainable infrastructure.

Culkin Water District used a DWSRF loan to construct a system to recycle water produced by the drinking water treatment plant. Using the loan, Culkin constructed facilities to allow recycling of clarified filter backwash water, and to allow sludge disposal in a nearby landfill. The project eliminated a public health threat and brought Culkin into compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

The Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended in 1996, established the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to make funds available to drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.