Water Well Trust offers services to Hampton County

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Water Well Trust, the only national nonprofit helping low income

Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has announced that it is expanding from

21 to 22 the number of South Carolina counties eligible to receive assistance for drilling a new

water well or rehabilitate an existing well.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a $140,000 matching grant to

the Water Well Trust (WWT) for a project to increase potable water availability to households

in 21 rural South Carolina counties, including Darlington, Lee, Marion, Sumter, Clarendon,

Williamsburg, Laurens, Cherokee, Kershaw, Spartanburg, Union, Marlboro, Fairfield, Colleton,

Jasper, Orangeburg, Chesterfield, Chester, Allendale, Hampton, and Greenwood counties.

The WWT has now expanded eligibility to Barnwell county. The USDA grant monies will

provide long-term, low-interest loans to applicants seeking new or improved water wells in the

22-county area.

To be eligible to receive a WWT loan, applicants must be the owner and occupant of the home

as their primary residence. In addition, the applicant’s household income must not exceed

100% of the median non-metropolitan household income for the state in which the applicant

resides. The 2017 Non-Metropolitan median household income for South Carolina is $45,900.

The income criteria apply to both the applicant and all other occupants of the home.

Prospective applicants can download the application form and instruction letter from the Water

Well Trust website at waterwelltrust.org under “Apply” at the top of the home page. If you

would like the application mailed to you please contact the Trust’s office at 202-625-4383.

The Water Systems Council established the Water Well Trust in 2010 to provide clean,

sanitary drinking water to Americans who lack access to a reliable water supply and to

construct and document small community water systems using water wells to demonstrate

that these systems are more economical.

For more information, visit waterwellltrust.org.

Contact:

Margaret Martens, Program Director

Water Well Trust

mmartens@watersystemscouncil.org

202-625-4383