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Union Secures Funding for $2.5 Million Water Project

The town of Union has secured funding for a water project that will extend service to one of Monroe County’s largest private employers.

The funding package includes an $826,400 grant announced last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and a $1 million grant earlier this year from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Jeff Johnson with the Region I Workforce and Development Council tells The Register-Herald that United Technologies Corporation contributed $445,000 in matching funds. The project will extend water service to the company’s plant a mile north of Union.

The project is expected to ease water shortages for Union’s water system and for the plant. The plant employs more than 400 workers.

A timetable for the project hasn’t yet been set.