COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Governor Henry McMaster wants to put $500 million of federal COVID-19 relief money toward fixing and improving water systems across South Carolina.
Gov. McMaster announced his idea Thursday and said wants to give priority to rural and smaller systems.
He says modern clean drinking water and sewer system is vital to both citizens and to bring in businesses.
The $500 million is part of about $2.4 billion in pandemic relief money that the state can spend.
The General Assembly will make the final decision on where the money goes.
Lawmakers have suggested having a local match for water improvements, but McMaster says that isn’t in his proposal.