USDA grant awarded to help rebuild Keswick and Shasta following Carr Fire

The completely wiped out mountain community of Keswick, Calif., is seen Sunday, July 29, 2018. On Sunday, the San Bernardino County Fire department pulled in to tamp down smoking rubble. Piles of wreckage were still smoking amid downed electricity lines. (AP Photo/Martha Mendoza)

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded $789,000 to Shasta and Keswick to help with repairs to the water systems damaged in the Carr Fire.

According to the announcement form the USDA, the investment will help consolidate the two districts into one agency. The new agency will use the Shasta Community Services District Water Treatment Plant.

Northstate Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R) was at the check presentation Thursday.

"Last year's Carr Fire was absolutely devastating to the infrastructure of Shasta County," LaMalfa said.

“As they begin the rebuilding process Rural Development is proud to support their efforts to create new efficiencies through consolidation.” Kim Vann, State Director for USDA Rural Development, said.

The grant funds will be used to construct a pipeline to interconnect the two water systems and allow the CSD to supply water to the CSA customers.

The project will also include fire hydrants, new telemetry, water meters and a rate study needed for the two systems to operate as one.

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