U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative John Tanner (D-Tenn. 8) today announced a total of $1.5 million in funding for the water treatment system in Madison County from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). These funds will be used to improve infrastructure at the North Water Treatment Plant in Madison County to ensure continued access to water for all customers, even in emergencies such as the 2008 tornadoes.
“Ensuring that the Jackson area has continuous access to clean water will help keep secure the nearly 10,000 jobs that are dependent upon the North Water Treatment Plant,” Alexander said. “I’m glad to see this funding coming to Madison County, and I thank EDA for its investment in Tennessee.”
“Reinforcing the North Water Treatment Plant will help protect essential water service for homes and businesses in the event of a natural disaster,” Corker said. “These infrastructure enhancements will allow communities to recover and rebuild more quickly and help limit the economic impact of any damage. Having visited Jackson and other affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 tornadoes, it’s hard to diminish the importance of getting public utilities up and running as quickly as possible following a major weather event.”
"Infrastructure developments such as this one are crucial to our area's recovery and long-term economic growth," Congressman Tanner said. "Investments in improving public infrastructure are a boost to the work of many to help recruit new private-sector jobs to West Tennessee."