MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) — Nearly 400 public water and sewer systems in Alabama have applied for COVID-19 relief to help them repair or upgrade their systems, but none like the Water and Sewer Commission. as much as required. Pritchard City. Prichard Water applied for a total of $333,000,000 in COVID-19 relief funds, which are regulated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. ADEM only has $225,000,000 to distribute statewide.
Not only did Prichard Water apply for more funding than is available in the entire state of Alabama, but they also applied for far more funding than any other system. In contrast, the Birmingham Water Works Board applied for $4,000,000 for lead pipe repairs. Prichard is asking for $100 million to repair leaks in water pipes.
Here are the Pritchard, Mobile County, and Mobile City Water Board requirements:
Pritchard Water Works and Sewer Commission: $333 million
- Restoring Morris: $22,000,000
- Citywide sewer expansion: $135,000,000
- System-Wide I/I Project Improvements: $76,000,000
- Repair leaks in water pipes: $100,000,000
Mobile County Water, Sewer and Fire Department: $53,550,000
- Drinking Water Program: $4,400,000
- Master Plan SRF Water Project Phase II – 2024-2028: $44,700,000
- Annual contract to identify lead and copper service lines: $2,500,000
- SRF Wastewater Project: $1,950,000
MAWSS: Mobile City Water and Sewer Board Committee: $80,500,000
- Master Plan SRF Water Project Phase II – 2024-2028: $39,500,000
- Master Plan SRF Water Project Phase II – 2019-2023: 2022 Supplement: $41,000,000
What is the purpose of COVID-19 relief funds?
In January, the Alabama legislature “approved $225 million from the state’s American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) funding to help public water and sewer systems with the greatest infrastructure needs and those requiring water or sewer service. individual residents,” according to a press release from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
The opportunity to help improve the local water system is historic, ADEM director Lance LeFleur said in a press release. Grants to help “potentially millions” of Alabamaians will be awarded based on need.
“It’s important to let the public know that these grants will be awarded on an as-needed basis,” LeFleur
said in a press release. “Those with the greatest need and the lowest ability to pay are given priority.”
Recent review of Prichard Water, former manager Nia Bradley
FBI agents joined the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office in February when they served multiple search warrants at several properties owned by the Prichard Water Board. The warrants come weeks after past and current board members were charged with illegal spending, including using credit cards to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxury goods such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci. On February 23, former water manager Nia Bradley was arrested.
On February 25, the MCSO raided Bradley’s home and took away dozens of boxes and bags of luxury goods. Her husband, Anthony Bradley, was arrested. Anthony and Nia Bradley have both been released from prison. When Nia Bradley left prison, she was seen wearing Gucci sunglasses.
ADEM wants water systems to apply for these grant opportunities by April 1, however, LeFleur said in a press release that this is not a hard deadline and systems can apply later.