NEWS: DRA funding fully restores water system to 450 residents, businesses in Cotton Plant

February 10, 2017

DRA provides 100% of investment to add new equipment after fire

COTTON PLANT, AR. – The City of Cotton Plant has reliable drinking water again thanks to a $37,721 emergency funding investment from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). Repairs to the city’s water filtration plant were completed today as full electrical power was restored to the system, which suffered a burned out electrical circuit in January.

“The Delta Regional Authority continues to show a strong commitment to serving the needs of Arkansas’s Delta region,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson.  “Their work to restore clean drinking water to the residents of Cotton Plant is a prime example of DRA’s immeasurable value to the communities of the Delta. Thank you to Chairman Masingill and the DRA team for your outstanding leadership and continued dedication to improving infrastructure and the quality of life in the Delta region.”

DRA’s emergency action exemplifies the agency’s ability to act quickly to resolve problems for Delta communities.

“We’re grateful to DRA for stepping up and making this emergency investment to help us pay for new equipment and the installation costs,” Cotton Plant Mayor Willard Ryland said. “DRA contributed the entire funding to make this possible, restoring water for our businesses and residents. We also are thankful for the Arkansas Rural Water Association for providing us with a temporary generator.”

Cotton Plant’s water filtration system was severely damaged after a Jan. 9 fire. Since then, only parts of the water system have been operable with power from a generator that has been a temporary solution. DRA funding was used to demolish older equipment and install new wiring, and electrical panels to bring continuous water supply to the city.

“Drinking water is essential to every community, and DRA is pleased to work with cities like Cotton Plant to ensure a safe and continuous supply of drinking water,” said DRA Chairman Chris Masingill. “DRA is committed to taking swift action to make investments that ensure the Delta has the infrastructure in place to deliver dependable water for residents.”

Cotton Plant also recognizes Rep. Michael John Gray and Sen. Jonathan Dismang for their support, Mayor Ryland said.

Since its founding, DRA funding has helped deliver water and sewer improvements to more than 64,000 residents and businesses in the Delta.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged $138 million in federal resources into more than $3 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 26,000 jobs, train 7,200 workers, and deliver sewer and water improvements to more than 64,000 residents and businesses in Delta communities since the DRA was established. Learn more at


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