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ContactKelly Edwards715-340-1264
NEW WELL GOES ON-LINE IN WEYERHAEUSER - VILLAGE CELEBRATES THE EXPANSION OF WATER SERVICE
Weyerhaeuser, WI, Jul 14, 2011 --

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Kelly Edwards, Public Information Coordinator

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New Well Goes On-Line in Weyerhaeuser

Village Celebrates the expansion of Water Service

WEYERHAEUSER, WI – JULY 14, 2011 - - For more than 40 years residents of Weyerhaeuser have had access to only one source of water and decades of worry knowing that if something should happen to that one well, the Village would not have access to water.

Today, those worries will be put to rest, as the Village celebrates the addition of a second municipal well, reinforcing the water source for the community.

Area residents form the Village of Weyerhaeuser joined Village Leaders, Federal, State, and Local Officials for a ceremony marking the completion of the construction and commencing operation of the Village’s new well.

The celebration included a ribbon cutting and the pouring of the first glasses of water from the new well by local leaders.

The project was made possible, in large part, with the help of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant combination totaling over $1.3 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

USDA Rural Development Administrative Program Director, Lori Wells, representative for State Director Stan Gruszynski, said infrastructure projects like these directly tie into the sustainability and viability of communities.

“The Village deserves a lot of credit. Developing and maintaining a modern infrastructure is essential for the sustainability of our communities,” said Wells. “People choose to live in rural Wisconsin for the quality of life it offers, and reliable infrastructure plays a big part. This project exemplifies a continued effort on behalf of USDA Rural Development’s mission to be a partner in helping rural communities, by providing the assistance needed to build a foundation for a thriving community. We are pleased to have been a part of the project and the positive impact it will have on the community.”

The loan was for $769,000, while the grant provided an additional $596,000. Funds were used to construct and install the new municipal well, reinforcing the village’s water system and protecting the water supply.

USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Programs provide water and waste financing to rural communities Recipients of the funding may build, repair, and improve public water systems, and waste collection and treatment systems in rural communities with up to 10,000 in population.    

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President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009.  It 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.  More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned nearly $936 million dollars this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.

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