DEGRAFF — The city of DeGraff has been awarded a $350,000 federal grant to help complete the construction of a citywide sewer treatment system.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Rural Development program was announced Wednesday.

Ground was broken this past spring for the new $5 million sewer system. When completed, it will serve about 75 households and businesses.

Until now, the city has been without a sewage treatment system. Construction of a gravity collection system, force main and stabilization pond will prevent untreated sewage from entering open water throughout the city and enhance health and safety for residents and for the environment.

The project was originally funded with a $5 million USDA Rural Development grant in 2017 but faced unexpected cost overruns after construction started earlier this year. The additional grant award that was announced Wednesday will cover the extra costs and allow the project to be finished. The target completion date is Nov. 1.