The City of Lake City received a Basic Infrastructure grant to address an imminent environmental and health threat caused by a leaking force main and aging gravity sewer line. The force main leaks were attributed to sand and grit in the system from recent floods and resulted in sewage entering the city’s new lake in April 2018. In addition to addressing the immediate need, the project also reduced the likelihood of future environmental and public health concerns. The upgraded sewer lines, which carry more than 75% of the city’s waste stream, will also benefit the towns of Coward, Olanta and Scranton as their waste also passes through these lines and is treated at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The U.S. Economic Development Administration also contributed to this project.