Town of Warren awarded nearly $1 million to build a new water tower

The Town of Warren has been awarded $700,000 to build a new water tower and to demolish its old tower.

The grant is part of a $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure in 24 rural Hoosier communities announced by Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Additionally, the town will rehabilitate an additional water tower, build a new well house and convert a submersible pump into a vertical turbine pump.

“By investing in our state’s water infrastructure, we are laying the foundation for regional growth and prosperity,” said Crouch. “These grants are supporting projects that are crucial to rural communities’ continual economic development and improving the quality of life for its residents.”

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as: infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“The leadership of these grant recipients embodies strategic planning, hard work and dedication to improving their communities,” said Matt Crouch, Interim Executive Director of OCRA. “Proper planning is necessary to ensure Hoosier’s quality of life can grow as we are coping through a pandemic.”

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/cdbg.htm.