North Platte, Nebraska, Mar 29, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development has announced that the City of Benkelman will receive a grant of $279,000 that will be used to construct a new water treatment plant and install new water meters. The USDA funds will be leveraged with $245,000 from the City, $350,000 from a Community Development Block Grant through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and a $993,000 loan and $358,000 grant previously awarded by USDA Rural Development
“The City of Benkelman appreciates the financial assistance of the USDA Rural Development in allowing us to mitigate the impact of uranium and arsenic in our drinking water,” said Mayor Gary Clark, City of Benkelman.
The City of Benkelman has been under an Administrative Order issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for elevated levels of arsenic and uranium in the drinking water. The City explored all the options available and decided that the best course of action would be to construct a water treatment plant. This plant will provide safe drinking water for all the residents for years to come.
“The City of Benkelman has worked hard, along with their engineer, to make sure that the residents of this community have safe, clean drinking water. They have explored all the avenues to keep their community viable and thriving and we have enjoyed working with them through this process,” said Area Specialist Natalie Furrow, USDA Rural Development.
Funding was provided through the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. For more information contact Natalie Furrow (308) 534-2360 ext. 1129.