News Release
Release No.STELPRD4008301
ContactBruce Hively(417) 831-5246 Ext 5
Ash Grove, MO, Feb 11, 2011 --

@@USDA Rural Development presented the City of Ash Grove with a certificate on Friday, February 11, 2011. The City received a Water and Waste Program loan of $2,000,000 to replace water distribution lines, some of which were installed in the 1920’s and to build a new sewer lift station with a submersible pump to replace the aged 1977 lift station. Completion of this project will allow Ash Grove to meet compliance requirements and maintain safe and reliable water and wastewater systems for all their customers.

“I am very happy to know that residents of Ash Grove will be getting a noticeable upgrade in their water and wastewater systems thanks to this Water and Waste low-interest loan,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “Ensuring citizens have access to clean water is vital to the health and well-being of the community.”

“This upgraded system is vital for Ash Grove families and business owners, who will now have greater access to clean water,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “It’s important that we work together to ensure our rural communities in Missouri have access to dependable and safe water systems, which will improve the region’s health and economic development.”

“Mayor Brenda Ellsworth expressed appreciation, “This project has come together with hard work from many people. On behalf of Ash Grove, I would like to say thanks for your cooperation. These improvements will benefit 665 water customers and 604 wastewater customers which will support improvements to sustain our future growth and economic development for all our customers.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe water system,” said USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative 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 adequate and dependable systems.” Dunning added, “Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt plus U.S. Representative Billy Long, for supporting USDA Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the homepage at or by contacting Bruce Hively, Area Specialist, at 688 S. State Hwy B, Suite 400, Springfield, MO 65802 or by calling (417) 831-5246 extension 5 or by email to

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