Springtown, MO, Apr 19, 2012 -- On April 19, 2012, Terry Luetkemeyer, Area Director for USDA Rural Development attended a Certificate of Recognition Ceremony and groundbreaking event for Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Washington County. The celebration was held in honor of Earth Day and to acknowledge the water district board and other local officials in their efforts to provide the residents of the Springtown area a new centralized wastewater collection system.
The new wastewater collection system will eliminate individual systems that do not function properly and the untreated sewage that exists in the Springtown community. Treatment for the wastewater will be provided by the Washington County Industrial Development Authority at their treatment plant located in the Al Britton Industrial park. The City of Potosi will operate the plant.
USDA Rural Development provided PWSD No. 1 of Washington County with a loan and grant made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition to the USDA funding, the Washington County Commission sponsored an application through the State of Missouri, Community Development Block Grant program to help pay for constructing the sewer system. The total cost of the sewer project is $2,354,450.
“I’m thrilled that with these resources, the Springtown community can move forward with the construction of a new wastewater collection system,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “This project will have both a positive impact on the health of the residents of Springtown, and an environmental impact that will improve the community for years to come.”
“This is a great partnership when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe wastewater disposal system”, said Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development. “I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from a new centralized sewer system. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making the federal funds for funding these projects.”
Darrell Adams, president of the PWSD #1, stated, “We would like to thank everyone involved in making this long awaited project a reality. USDA Rural Development has been very gracious in funding this project.” President Adams continued, “A lot of long hours and dedication from all parties were involved in the process and it has finally paid off.”
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. 5.
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