ADEM to provide $1.4M in financial assistance to West Escambia Utilities for sanitary sewer system improvements in downtown Atmore

Published 4:13 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023

The Alabama Department of Economic Management (ADEM) announced recently that it made $1.4 million in financial assistance available to West Escambia Utilities for sanitary sewer system improvements in the Atmore downtown area.

According to a release, the funds are being used from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The project consists of sanitary sewer line inspection by a closed-circuit TV to locate defects. And the sewer lines would be rehabilitated by internal lining with a cured-in-place liner and/or physical removal and replacement of defected sewer lines, according to ADEM.

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The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has determined that the project qualifies for a Categorical Exclusion (CE) from further environmental study under the guidelines specified by the State Environmental Review Process (SERP) which specifically include actions which are solely directed toward minor rehabilitation of existing facilities, functional replacement of equipment, or towards the construction of new ancillary facilities adjacent or appurtenant to existing facilities.  However, this decision may be reconsidered if significant adverse information concerning the potential environmental impacts of the project is discovered.