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USDA awards grant to Shasta Co. Community Services District after Carr Fire

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded a $788,000 grant to the Shasta Community Services District Thursday under the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Program.

The funds are a direct result of damage done by the Carr Fire last summer.

"Last year's Carr Fire was absolutely devastating to the infrastructure of Shasta County, burning 229,651 acres and destroying more than 1,600 structures," said Congressman Doug LaMalfa.

"This grant from USDA Rural Development is very important to the recovery process, which will be ongoing for some time," added LaMalfa.

The money will assist two communities in Shasta County, the Shasta Community Services District and the Keswick County Service Area.

The Shasta Community Services District lost more than 500 homes within its service area, reducing their active customer by 62 percent.

The losses in Keswick were even more devastating with only 10 homes out of 209 remaining after the fire.

Before the fire, both agencies were operating on their own water systems. Now, the continued operation of both water systems is no longer feasible due to the loss of customer base.

There is only 2,200 feet separating the two water systems so the plan is to consolidate into a single agency and utilize the Shasta Community Services District Water Treatment Plant to supply water to both service areas.

The grant funds will be used to construct a pipeline that will interconnect the two water systems and allow the Community Services District to supply water to the County Service Area.

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

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