Pike County, MO, Oct 05, 2011 -- In a ceremony on October 5, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, State Director of USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Pike County. The certificate was presented in recognition of the District and their efforts to stimulate the economy by utilizing $2,732,000 in loan funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided by USDA Rural Development.
The District distributes water to a large portion of Pike County and even provides water to a small portion of northern Lincoln County. The District presently serves approximately 2,550 metered customers, encompassing numerous communities throughout the county. One large purchaser is the City of Frankford. Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission and the City of Louisiana provide the finished water to the District.
The District is utilizing the funds to install some new water distribution lines, to construct water main improvements, to rehabilitate some pressure reducing vaults, and to perform booster pump modifications. The new distribution lines will serve areas that have experienced either an inadequate quantity or quality of water in recent years. The water main improvements include the Highway 61 upgrade and the main replacement from Route UU elevated tank to the intersection of Highway 54. Both of these areas consist of 3” and 4” lines which are gravely undersized. Several existing 20 to 40 year old reducing vaults are no longer functioning properly and will undergo rehabilitation or replacement. These valves are in various locations throughout the system. Finally, the booster pump modifications are needed at the Business Highway 54 location which is west of the City of Bowling Green.
“Clean water is the most vital ingredient when it comes to healthy communities, expanding business, and creating jobs,” U.S. Senator McCaskill said. “Thanks to these rural development resources, Pike County will be able to update and expand their water system to provide the best services to its residents.”
"With the financial support of USDA Rural Development, the District is able to maintain and improve the drinking water supply for all its customers in an economical manner. It also helps provide the means to extend water service to those residents still in need of a reliable source of drinking water for their families. Their efforts are greatly appreciated," stated Richard Oberdahlhoff, President of the Public Water Supply District.
“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of several communities and the rural residents in providing essential services,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable water system.” Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for funding these projects.”
Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or can contact Donna Martin at the Area Office at the Farmington, MO by calling 573-756-6413, Ext. 119.
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