Hill City, SD, Mar 15, 2012 -- Elsie M. Meeks, South Dakota State Director, USDA Rural Development presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the City of Hill City. The certificate was presented in recognition of the City and their continual efforts to keep the water system infrastructure current. The city will construct a 200,000 gallon reservoir and perform upgrades to the water system with the assistance of $1,120,000 in loan funds from USDA Rural Development.
“This project reflects a strong collaborative effort between federal and local governments to make necessary improvements to infrastructure,” said Meeks. “Environmentally safe and adequate water is essential to the residents of Hill City. President Obama has been a strong advocate to ensure that rural communities in South Dakota and across the nation receive essential funding for infrastructure so that these communities are built to last.”
Hill City has a growing population because of local businesses and tourism to the area. The proposed project includes constructing a new 200,000 gallon bolted steel water reservoir, installing 1,575 feet of 10" PVC supply line to connect the new reservoir to the existing system, five fire hydrants will be added, and installing a 8-inch PVC gravity flow sewer main along Spring Creek. System improvements will allow the City to meet current needs and accommodate modest future growth.
“Towns the sizes of Hill City don’t have the means to write a check for projects this size. Hill City Council and Staff are forward thinkers who make decisions based on long term needs and goals. Thanks to Rural Development we are able accomplish tasks immediately that would have otherwise taken us years to accomplish,” said David Gray, Mayor.
Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for assistance. WEP also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems.
USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and communities. USDA Rural Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects.
USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state serving South Dakotans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.
Further information on this and other programs offered by USDA Rural Development is available by calling (605) 352-1100, by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/sd or at any local area office.