News Release
Release No.STELPRD4006336
ContactJane Edwards(660) 885-5567 Extension 4
Blackburn, MO, Oct 06, 2010 --

@@(October 6, 2010) Higginsville, MO In a ceremony on October 6, 2010, USDA Rural Development announced the award of $1,430,000 to the Consolidated Water Supply District (CPWSD) #2 of Lafayette, Johnson and Saline Counties. The assistance is in the form of a loan from USDA Rural Development. The funds will be used to replace the existing standpipe at Blackburn with an elevated storage tank and upgrade the water distribution line from four inches to eight inches in the North Concordia pressure zone.

CPWSD #2 purchases the bulk of its water from Higginsville, Concordia, Marshall Municipal Utilities, and U.S. Water at Lexington, MO to distribute to its 2,532 customers throughout the district. The district ranges from the eastern 2/3 of Lafayette County and the northern edge of Johnson County, to the western 1/3 of Saline County. This includes outlying rural areas and the communities of Blackburn, Dover, Mt. Leonard and Grand Pass.

“Having adequate infrastructure and a modern water distribution system is vital to the health and well being of the people living in Lafayette, Johnson, and Saline Counties,” said U.S. Senator Kit Bond. “I commend county and local leaders for their efforts in securing these funds. Because of their dedication, the health and safety of the people living in the area will benefit greatly from these improvements.”

“With the help of low interest loans from the USDA, Lafayette, Johnson & Saline Counties will be able to upgrade their water distribution lines,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “These improvements to the Blackburn Water Facilities are vital to the health and well being of all Central Missourians.”

“I was pleased to learn that the Public Water Supply district covering parts of Lafayette, Johnson and Saline Counties will receive federal funding for an important water system modernization project. Many communities, particularly those in rural areas, work very hard and often struggle to make sure that their water systems meet safety standards and comply with state and federal regulations. This federal loan will help to provide the resources needed to supply safe water to those that live and work in the area,” said U.S. Representative Ike Skelton.

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of the CPWSD in providing an environmentally safe water supply,” said Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, State Director, USDA Rural Development. “In providing loan funds to help complete the improvements to the water system, this project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable water supply system. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects.”

Anyone seeking more information about the water and wastewater programs or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567- ext 5.

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