Aging and deteriorating water systems have caused problems in many rural areas in the tri-states.
La Belle, Missouri is finally getting the money it needs to fix their system.
50 residents live at LaBelle Manor Care Center, and with that many people living under one roof they use a lot of water.
Maintenance Director Doug Florea says water main breaks caused by the city's aging system have wreaked havoc at their facility before.
"If something happens and we don't have the water back up or if it's down for any reason we have to do a fire walk in the building because sprinkler system is down," says Florea.
LaBelle Mayor Larry Hackemack admits the city's nearly century old water system is in bad shape.
"From wear and tear. Just wore out like an automobile," says Hackemack.
"We've had problems with fire hydrants. The bottoms have ate out of them. We've had problems with the water lines busting especially when you have cold weather," said Hackemack.
But that's about to change.
La Belle will use a $1,282,00.00 loan and $939,00 grant through a USDA assistance program to upgrade the water system and double the city's storage capacity.
Hackemack says residents will appreciate it when the new water system is up and running.
"I know it will make a lot of people happy when they don't ever have to worry about am I going to have water for my meals or have a big holiday meal and have the water line break," said Hackemack.
Hackemack says they plan to start the project in the spring. It should take about a year and a half to complete.
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