Bluff City water system to get much-needed upgrades




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BLUFF CITY — Residents of Bluff City are about to get a much needed upgrade to their water system thanks to a $2.5 million loan/grant from the USDA.

Local officials and politicians gathered at Bluff City Town Hall Tuesday to put final signatures on the paperwork. There were plenty of hugs and smiles to go around.

“We’re so excited that we were able to qualify,” said Bluff City Mayor Irene Wells. “Citizens will be really excited. Now we feel like we can complete some things.”

The money is designated to be used on four specific projects involving water and sewer in the city. Two pump stations — one built in the 1950s while and another built in the 1990s — will be replaced.

Sewer lines will be extended on Highway 11E, water lines will be replaced in downtown Bluff City and the water plant will get some equipment upgrades.

The signing was attended by Wells, Bluff City Attorney Paul Frye, Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN, representatives from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office, officials with the USDA and engineers from Mattern & Craig, who work with the town and helped town officials map out a plan for the grant.

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