Uehling, Nebraska, Sep 23, 2011 -- Quality water is essential for healthy living. USDA Rural Development, through its Water Loan and Grant program, affords rural communities the opportunity for new water systems or system improvements.
For example, the Village of Uehling’s water treatment plant, that was used to alleviate iron in the drinking water, was nearing the end of its useful life and needed extensive renovation or replacement. Also, the elevated storage tank did not meet the 10-States Standards for maintaining 20 pounds per square inch (psi) pressure at all times.
“USDA Rural Development believes that rural residents should have a stable supply of quality water to drink,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul. “It is my hope that villages, such as Uehling, would look to USDA Rural Development to help meet their water needs.”
USDA Rural Development made a $109,000 loan to the Village of Uehling, helping the Village connect to the Logan East Rural Water System which is owned by the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District.
By being connected to the Logan East Rural Water System, the Village now has a stable supply of quality water for its 275 residents and 18 businesses. Connecting to Logan East was more cost effective for the Village than if it constructed a new well. Today the water quality has improved and so has the overall public health.