Albuquerque, NM, Dec 14, 2010 -- Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was shown firsthand the completed construction of a new multi-million dollar wastewater delivery system in Hurley, New Mexico.
The tour led by Hurley Mayor Edward Encinas demonstrated to Brunner how the new system will provide better service and eliminate possible contamination of the community’s groundwater supply.
Brunner noted that it was almost a year to the day that he was in Hurley when he presented the $2.2 million ceremonial check representing the amount needed to complete the project.
Brunner said, “Wastewater treatment may not be on everyone’s mind when they turn on their water, but people don’t realize that proper wastewater treatment is essential to protecting water sources from contamination. I am pleased to see the leadership in Hurley take the necessary steps to provide needed services to their community.”
The completion of the wastewater distribution system now connects the town of Hurley with the regional wastewater treatment facility in Bayard, New Mexico. The regional concept was created to help the small communities in this area save money by utilizing one treatment system.
The loan/grant funding for this project is administered by USDA Rural Development’s Community Program (CP). This is a direct loan/grant program by the federal government which is dedicated to develop water and waste disposal (including solid waste disposal and storm drainage) systems in rural areas and towns with a population of not more than 10,000 residents. The CP also guarantees water and waste disposal loans made by banks and other eligible lenders.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov