ASHBY, Apr 15, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer visited Ashby today to announce almost $1.5 million in financing to replace the city’s wastewater collection and pump system. The funding comes in the form of a $1,014,000 loan and a $476,000 grant.
The new treatment system will prevent untreated wastewater from harming the surrounding environment. It also will upgrade the pump system and ensure that Ashby meets all pollution control standards and regulations. The event to announce the funding was part of USDA’s annual Earth Day celebration, which recognizes projects in rural communities that improve or maintain a healthy and clean environment.
“Modern infrastructure builds safe, sustainable and thriving rural communities,” Landkamer said. “The new treatment system provides Ashby with an additional tool to win the future by preserving the surrounding environment and increasing the quality of life in the region.”
Ashby’s existing collection system experiences infiltration problems due to sags, breaks and offset joints in the pipes. The infiltration overwhelmed the treatment system and resulted in bypasses of untreated wastewater. The existing main pump station also needs to be replaced due to its age.
“The city of Ashby is very thankful to USDA Rural Development for funding our wastewater project,” mayor Tom Grover said. “Without the USDA’s support, the upgrades would be a financial burden on Ashby residents.”
USDA Rural Development has invested over $133 million throughout Minnesota since 2009 to improve drinking water and wastewater treatment. Rural Development also finances housing, businesses, community facilities and other projects in rural areas. To learn more, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn, or call the local office in Alexandria at (320) 763-3191, ext. 4.