ONEIDA, Tenn., Oct 05, 2010 -- About 4,500 residents and businesses in north Scott County will soon see improvements to their public water service.
U. S. Rep. Lincoln Davis and USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode met local officials at the Oneida Municipal Building this morning to announce American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding to upgrade older water meters with modern equipment that can be monitored remotely. The project also includes new solar powered aeration equipment to improve water quality system-wide.
"Putting people to work and meeting key infrastructure needs in Scott County are critically important," said Davis. "I am glad to see this needed investment that promotes efficiency and will result in cost savings for customers coming to the rural Fourth Congressional District."
Recovery Act funding for Oneida is in the form of a Rural Development low-interest infrastructure loan of $985,000 and grant of $375,000. According to Oneida Mayor Jack Lay, the improvements will help the city utility workers catch leaks in the system a lot sooner and reduce the cost of manually reading meters.
"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 Oneida area through the next generation."
Others participating in the event included Oneida Water and Waste Water Manager Johnny Acres and Knoxville Area Specialist Mary Short.
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, 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 Scott County area contact the Rural Development Area Office in Knoxville at 865-523-3338 ext. 4, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1491, or visit us online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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