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News Release
Release No. STELPRD4009663
ContactBruce Hively(417) 831-5246 Ext 4
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Taney County, MO, Apr 20, 2011 -- In celebration of Earth Day 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, attended a presentation to Public Water Supply District (PWSD) #2 of Taney County on April 20, 2011. Ms. Dunning presented a certificate to the water district in recognition of the districts efforts as a regional water supplier and their investment in providing safe, reliable drinking water to our growing rural areas.

“With the help of a low-interest loan from USDA Rural Development, Taney County will have the resources to make necessary upgrades to their regional water supplier,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “I’m pleased this will help them continue to provide the community with safe and reliable drinking water.”

“These upgrades are vitally important to the future of families and job creators in Missouri’s rural communities,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (MO). “In addition to benefitting local households, access to safe and dependable water is essential to help spur economic growth and development in our state’s rural areas.”

President Pat Barnett stated, “The water district would like to extend thanks to USDA Rural Development. This loan will finance the purchase of a new well, install a new pump used to fill the 1 million gallon tank, make improvements to the well house and chlorination systems, connection lines to the existing water system, and install new radio read meters. The water district can continue to provide safe drinking water to over 1,650 customers. This is a huge investment to the future expansion of homes and businesses in Taney County.”

Dunning said, “Having an environmentally safe water system is important to the residents and I commend all the partners for their hard work in making this project a reality. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials including U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt plus U.S. Representatives Jo Ann Emerson and Billy Long who have been, and continue to be, strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians. This kind of assistance mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities.”

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 4 or by email to

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Last Modified:03/09/2012 
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