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By WVUA 23 Contributor Joshua Ragsdale

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week announced a $61,000 grant going toward Reform’s wastewater treatment facility so the city can comply with state environmental regulations.

 The funds will come from the Appalachian Regional Commission and will allow the city to replace and upgrade equipment so the plant can match the standard set by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

“The Appalachian Regional Commission has helped eligible Alabama communities, like Reform, overcome obstacles and accomplish objectives,” Ivey said. “Alabama’s partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission has produced positive results, and I commend the city of Reform for using the resources available through this partnership to address this issue.”

City officials said flushed objects like baby wipes and other heavy fibers that aren’t intended for toilets are what damaged the existing pumps.

New chopper pumps at the city’s wastewater treatment facility will help break down sewage.

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