Clayton Water Supply can now replace pumps at its Plant 3 thanks to an emergency grant from the Sabine River Authority.

Officials handed off a check Friday morning at the Clayton Community Center.

“This emergency grant from the Sabine River Authority’s going to be used to upgrade our Plant 3, Clayton Water Supply,” Mark Robinson, with Clayton WSC’s board, said. “We desperately need new pumps to be able to increase our water flow to our members. It’s an awesome thing, and we truly appreciate it.”

SRA Executive Vice President and General Manager David Montagne said the community grants are a way to “people repair something in a hurry or extend the line to bring more people in — We want all the development we can get. We’re the one place in Texas that’s not hardly growing and we could probably use a few more people.”

The grants are funded by SRA customers who live outside of the Sabine River basin, such as the City of Dallas.

Clayton WSC’s grant was submitted early last week.

“You and I just had this initial conversation a couple weeks ago, and then I was talking to David and he said Cliff, we can do this in a hurry and urgently,” SRA Board Member Cliff Todd said. “That was Monday I think you and I talked. Here we are three, four days later doing a presentation.

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Meredith Shamburger serves as the regional editor for Carthage and Kilgore. She has previously worked at the Longview News-Journal, the Marshall News Messenger and The Dallas Morning News. Meredith graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2011.