Albuquerque, Jul 07, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Grant County today visiting three projects that were funded by USDA-RD.
Brunner saw firsthand the construction progress that is being made on the addition to the Bayard library. When completed, the $600,000 project will see expanded services made available to the public including new reading, computer and children study areas.
Brunner toured the construction of the $1.2 million waste water project in Santa Clara, New Mexico. The vital project replaces an old outdated system that was a potential health risk. Sewer lines were often plugged and raw sewage backed up into homes and overflowed from the manholes into alleyways and yards. The problem continues to increase both in duration and in frequency as sediment continues to build up in the pipes from the slow movement of wastewater through the system. It was explained to Brunner how the new system will alleviate the current problems with the sewage back up and provide better service to those living in Santa Clara.
Brunner ended his visit to Grant County with a ribbon cutting event to dedicate the completion of a new $426,400 water system in Hanover, New Mexico. The funds were used to connect the Hanover MDWCA water system to the City of Bayard water system as a supplemental water source. The new water system improvements, so vital to Hanover, will provide a reliable and safe drinking water supply for the community at reasonable rates.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony Brunner said, “Today I saw firsthand how Rural Development is helping those living in Grant County have a better life through basic services that many of us take for granted.” He added, “A dependable supply of clean drinking water is essential to our small communities, like Hanover.”
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov