June 2019 Vol.74 No. 6


Chapin, S.C., Utility Department Wins Dire States Grant

CASE Construction Equipment awarded the 2019 Dire States Equipment Grant to Chapin, S.C. for its East Chapin Sewer Force Main Project. As the winner, Chapin will receive $25,000 in free equipment rental for the project, through local CASE dealer Hills Machinery. 

The project will install a new, parallel force main to relieve pressures in the service area on the existing sewer force main and pump stations. An additional force main will provide capacity to reroute sewer flow, significantly reducing the likelihood of future overflows that may affect the drinking water of approximately 130,000 customers in area. The project will also mitigate other stormwater and wastewater challenges for the municipality and create more capacity for additional business development in the town. 

A committee of CASE representatives chose the winner from submissions by communities nationwide about using heavy equipment to improve a critical piece of local infrastructure. 

“A primary consideration in selecting a winner for the Dire States Grant is the ability to build and positively affect numerous facets of a community’s infrastructure,” said Michel Marchand, vice president-North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “Chapin presented us with an underground utility and services project that will relieve stresses on current systems, protect water quality and public health in the region, and expand the capacities available to both residential and commercial interests for future growth.” 

Bidding on the project will take place in the next few months, with work expected to begin later in 2019. 

“The town of Chapin utility department is relatively small and will greatly benefit from the assistance provided by CASE in helping offset some of the costs of this project,” said Andy Metts, director.  

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