News Release
Release No.STELPRD4011726
ContactLeeann Gleason(660) 665-3274 Ext 4
Clark County, MO, Jul 21, 2011 --

@@On July 21, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, attended a Ground Breaking Ceremony in Clark County.

CPWSD #1 of Clark County, MO was recognized for their partnership with USDA to provide safe, potable, and dependable water to their residents.

Currently there are periodic shortages of water during peak times of need. The addition of the well will aid in providing adequate supply of water. The existing tank will be replaced in order to provide continued ample water storage to the 2,820 rural residents of this water district. The increased water demand on the water lines has caused an increased need to provide improvements to the distribution system to support the structure and the daily requirements.

MECO Engineering has performed an evaluation of the proposed improvements and has worked closely with the water district and the rural residents to design a system that will improve pressure and increase water flow.

The financing package consists of funds from USDA Rural Development Water & Wastewater Loan & Grant Program in the amount of $1,568,000 low interest loan and $680,000 grant, and the CPWSD #1 of Clark County is contributing $20,000 for total project costs of $2,268,000. The revenues generated from the water rates will pay for the borrowed funds.

“Investing in the water distribution system and water storage facilities will ensure that it remains beneficial to the entire community and people it serves,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “With the help of competitive loans and grants, I’m pleased that Clark Co. PWSD #1 will have the opportunity to make necessary improvements.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe water distribution system,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. Special thanks go to our federal elected officials of U. S. Senator Claire McCaskill, U. S. Senator Roy Blunt, and U. S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer for their support of funds for projects like the one in Clark County. I am pleased that rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable water system.”

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. Further information on Rural Development programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at http:/ or by contacting Leann Gleason at the Kirksville USDA Service Center at 2410 S. Franklin St., Kirksville, MO 63501 or by calling 660-665-3274 Ext. 4.

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To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W.,

Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).