Davis, CA, May 27, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston announced today the funding of a water project for Lockeford Community Services District to drill a new well. The project, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), is intended to provide jobs while improving rural America's infrastructure.
"Today's investment is just one example of how Rural Development helps deliver safe drinking water throughout rural California," said Humiston. "The project advances the Obama Administration's economic recovery goals to rebuild the nation's infrastructure and will create jobs in California."
Lockeford Community Services District received a $500,000 loan to drill a well that will replace the existing well that suffered a cave in and cannot be repaired. The project will ensure the community has enough capacity to provide clean, safe drinking water for the community.
Nationwide, USDA Rural Development announced $96.5 million in funding assistance to 28 water and wastewater infrastructure projects in local communities across the country including $74.6 million through the Recovery Act. To date, USDA has announced $2.57 billion in Recovery Act funds for water and environmental projects.
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.
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about USDA Rural Development is available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca or by visiting one of our 18 local offices.
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