CEDAR GROVE, Tenn., Nov 01, 2010 -- About 545 homeowners and businesses in southwest Carroll County will soon have improved public water service.
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode today joined Cedar Grove Utility District Chairman Chester Baumgardner and local officials for a groundbreaking on the banks of Rutherford Creek. Construction there will replace a water main that spans the creek as part of a Tennessee Department of Transportation bridge replacement project.
"Safe, reliable drinking 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 sustainable growth in the Cedar Grove area through the next generation."
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding announced today for Cedar Grove Utility District (CGUD) comes in the form of a Rural Development low-interest infrastructure loan of $600,000 and grant of $256,000. According to Cedar Grove Utility District Manager Tim Fullington, the investment enables the CGUD to improve the operation of the distribution system by looping lines that currently dead end. Improved valves, cut-offs, service connections and flush hydrants will also be installed.
A remote telemetry system will be added to allow the plant operations staff to control water levels in two remote water storage tanks. According to officials, improved monitoring and warning systems will ensure reliable quality and pressure throughout the system.
Others participating in the event included Rep. John Tanner's representative Tom Turner, Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, Board members Earl Jarrett and Troy Ram, RD Union City Area Director Harriet Cannon and staff Brenda Horner and Mitzi Haley.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
More information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. With supplemental funding through the Recovery Act, the agency assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses with more than $1.3 billion in financial assistance through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants. More than 86 percent of these investments will be paid back with interest. The rest is at work creating jobs, broadening the local tax base and increasing opportunities in education, training, healthcare and public safety.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in West Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, in Jackson at 731-668-2091 ext. 2, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1497or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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