Davis, CA, Sep 23, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for 89 projects to protect public health and the environment by improving water quality and public sanitation services, including a wastewater project in Riverside County, Calif.
"Investments in water and wastewater projects will help deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment throughout rural America," Vilsack said. "These projects advance the Obama Administration's economic recovery goals to provide reliable services in rural America. They create jobs and will support more job creation by supporting economic development initiatives."
In California, the City of Coachella has been selected to receive a $5 million loan to rehabilitate and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant. The current system is at capacity and experiences problems that have caused the facility to be out of compliance with the State Regional Water Quality Control Board. The project will include constructing new concrete lined sludge drying beds and a polymer feed system. Funding will be leveraged with $2.5 million from the City of Coachella.
To date, USDA has announced $3.26 billion in Recovery Act funds for 884 water and environmental projects across the nation. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.
The Recovery Act funding announced today is being administered by USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.
More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.
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