Auburn, Nebraska, Oct 20, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development joined the City of Auburn today in Auburn, Nebraska for a ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of their nearly $9.7 million water treatment system. The system will serve the 3,350 rural residents of Auburn.
USDA Rural Development provided a loan of $6,591,000 with terms of 20 years at 3.25 percent rate of interest and a $2,068,000 grant. The City of Auburn completed the funding with more than $1 million.
Through the funding, the City has a new sewage treatment plant that satisfies the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s (NDEQ) permit requirements and will serve the community for the next 20 years. The existing treatment plant improvements included new influent pumps, replacement of screening equipment, new grit removal, two new aerated sludge lagoons, two new external clarifiers, liquid chlorination aerobic digester and reed bed sludge stabilization. The lift station was also replaced as well as the main trunk line from the treatment plant to 6th and N Streets.
The pre-existing sewage treatment plant was antiquated and unable to meet the current discharge permit requirements. The pre-existing plant was not adequately sized to handle the amount of effluent that the City currently placed upon it.
USDA funding was provided through the USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Direct Loan and Grant programs. For additional information contact Janice Stopak at Janice.Stopak@ne.usda.gov; or phone (402) 423-9683 Ext. 121. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.