DOVER, Tenn., Apr 25, 2011 -- More than 6,100 residents and businesses in Stewart County will soon enjoy improved public water service thanks to a partnership between the utility district and USDA Rural Development.
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode joined North Stewart Utility District President Paul Page and other leaders at the County Visitors Center today to announce funding to construct a water intake and treatment plant for the district. North Stewart Utility District (NSUD) currently relies on water bought through Woodlawn UD from the City of Clarkesville. Long transportation distances and the large service area of more than 90 square miles have periodically resulted in poor water pressure that is inadequate to meet the area's fire protection and other needs.
"Safe, reliable water is vital to the future of every healthy community," said Goode. "Making these infrastructure investments puts people to work now and it lays the foundation for improved safety and sustainable growth in this area through the next generation."
Rural Development financing includes a $3,655,000 low-interest infrastructure loan and a $1,295,000 grant. According to Page, the treatment plant will be capable of processing an average of 432,000 gallons of clean water a day and storing more than 600,000 gallons. About two miles of new transmission lines and a pump station on the Cumberland River will complete the project.
Others who participated in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Representative Matt Varino, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Wills Gardner, Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner, Utility District Commissioners Gilbert Vaughan and Eric Watkins, and RD Area Director Christopher Westbrook and staff Terence McGhee, Donna Duncan and Lola Maratita.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, businesses, community infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year Rural Development assisted more than 1.5 million rural Tennessee families and businesses with more than $1.06 billion in financial assistance through affordable loans, loan-guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in the Stewart County area contact the Rural Development Area Office in Nashville at 615-783-1359, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1359, or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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