Albuquerque, Nov 14, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner earlier today joined City of Tucumcari Mayor Jim Witcher to celebrate the completion of the expanded wastewater system in that community.
USDA Rural Development provided a $8.1million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act loan to upgrade this wastewater treatment facility. The funding also paid for the construction of a wastewater line system which will provide treated wastewater to be used to irrigate city parks and public use areas.
During the ceremony Brunner stated, “This wastewater project will help with the long term sustainability of Tucumcari by making sure wastewater is treated properly” Said Brunner. “Stimulus funding provided jobs through the construction of the project but more importantly added an important infrastructure element key to future job and economic growth in this community.”
The City of Tucumcari applied for the funds to upgrade the wastewater treatment system through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program (WEP).
The WEP program finances the construction or remodeling of water and wastewater projects in rural communities of 10-thousand people or less. The City of Tucumcari qualified for funds because the project was “shovel ready” because plans were already being made to upgrade the sewer treatment plant. The upgrade makes sure the facility is in compliance with environmental laws to make sure the facility is not polluting the groundwater table.
The WEP program was developed by Congress to target federal investment in rural communities with the most serious drinking water quality, quantity and dependability problems. The water and wastewater programs focus on the needs of rural Americans who lack safe drinking water in their homes.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov