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A half-million gallon water tower will be built in Du Quoin's industrial park over the next 2½ years, which is expected to spur further economic development in the park as well as cover the city's water needs for at least the next 75 years, officials said.

Du Quoin has been awarded a $4 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration. Coupled with a $1 million investment from the city, the money will build a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in the industrial park and a dedicated, four-mile water line from the Rend Lake main line, directly to the tank. Rend Lake is the city's only source of potable water.