East Smethport, PA, Aug 24, 2011 --
USDA Rural Development Announces Keating Township Residents to Receive Public Sewer
Wastewater treatment system will bring public sewer to 746 residences
East Smethport, Pa., Aug. 24, 2011 – USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams announced loan and grant funding today for the construction of two new wastewater treatment plants and three booster pumping stations to serve 746 residences in Keating Township, McKean County. The treatment plants, currently in design phase, will be constructed to serve the villages of Ormsby, Cyclone, Gifford, Aiken, Wolf Run, Bordell, Wrights Corners, Farmers Valley, Coryville, and East Valley Road. The areas are currently served by malfunctioning on-lot sewage systems, allowing raw or partially treated sewage to be discharged to yards, roadside ditches, roadways and nearby streams. The existing system is inadequate and poses a constant threat of bacterial contamination for the area residents, as well as fish, wildlife and downstream property owners.
“The untreated sewage that is currently flowing into the local watersheds and the resulting health and environmental concerns will be removed with these improvements. This project is an example of how USDA Rural Development is helping to protect the environment throughout rural Pennsylvania,” said Williams. “And, this project advances the Obama Administration’s economic recovery goals to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure by creating jobs.”
The funding is administered by the Water and Environmental Program, which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.
Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.
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