US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $462,000 grant to the City of Manhattan, Kansas, for an extension of the drinking water system.

The drinking water construction project will include approximately 10,200ft of 16-inch water line, and it will provide the Konza Valley with a safe and reliable source of drinking water and improved fire protection.

The construction project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2012.

The Safe Drinking Water Act protects human health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said that clean drinking water is essential for the residents of the Konza Valley area near Manhattan.

"These water infrastructure funds will partially fund the construction project which is estimated to cost $1.4m," Brooks said.