San Diego, Texas, Aug 23, 2011 -- Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development State Director, and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa today announced the City of San Diego will receive a $2,547,000 loan and $819,000 grant through the agency’s Water and Waste Disposal Program.
“USDA Rural Development is pleased to offer funding to the City of San Diego for projects that will improve the drainage systems throughout the city,” USDA Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin. “These upgrades will enhance the quality of life for rural residents throughout the city.”
The proposed improvements include removing excess water quickly and safely to reduce the potential for damage. This will in turn alleviate street flooding and resolve many drainage complaints, assist neighborhoods undergoing septic conversions, decrease raw sewage overflows and reduce clear water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system. This funding will ensure continued maintenance and repairs to structures and facilities that protect the city from flooding. The City of San Diego serves a population of almost 5,000 rural residents.
In Fiscal Year 2010, $126.5 million of water and wastewater loan and grant assistance was distributed throughout rural Texas to 119,234 households. The USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Program is designed to bring fresh, clean drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound sewage facilities to rural America’s 53 million residents. Loans and grants are available to rural communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. Public bodies, corporations operating on a non-profit basis, and Indian tribes, that are unable to obtain credit from other sources at reasonable rates and terms, are eligible for assistance.
USDA Rural Development was created in 1994 to serve Texas’ more than 3.6 million rural residents. For further information regarding USDA Rural Development Programs, contact the Alice office at 361-668-0453, Extension 4, or visit our website at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/tx/