Albuquerque, Jul 13, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Catron County today to officiate at two events celebrating the recent successful applications for funding of infrastructure projects at Quemado Lake and Reserve, New Mexico.
During his visit, Brunner stated, “I was pleased to visit with the communities of Reserve and Quemado to acknowledge their successful application for USDA Rural Development water funding. Brunner added, “With this funding, residents of Reserve and Catron County will have a dependable and clean source of water for years to come.”
Both projects are funded through the Water and Environment Program (WEP) Colonias Program administered by USDA Rural Development. The residents of the Quemado Lake Water Association will receive a $432,850 grant to pay for the expansion of the current water system. The project includes the installation of new fire hydrants and other equipment. The upgrade of the system will provide better water service and better fire fighting capabilities for the community.
The residents of Reserve, New Mexico will receive a $1,619,300 loan/grant funding package to pay for the expanded water system needed in that community. The expanded water system will ensure that the community will have an adequate supply of water and improved fire protection because of the additional fire hydrants that will be installed.
During each ceremony, Brunner honored the two communities for the successful applications they made to receive the WEP funds for each of the projects. The construction for each project will begin as soon as the final paperwork and bid process is completed.
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