Rich Hill, MO, Apr 19, 2012 -- At a media celebration on April 19, 2012, Kelly Gregory, USDA Rural Development Missouri Area III Director presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Public Water Supply District #4 of Bates County. The Bates County PWSD#4 received funds consisting of a loan for $499,000 and a grant in the amount of $392,000 from USDA Rural Development’s Water and Wastewater Program. The funds will be used to upgrade two pump stations, install a master meter connection to Public Water Supply District #2 of Bates County as an alternate and more economical source of water, upgrade telemetry and replace nearly 11 miles of 6” line. The District has had significant water loss and this project will replace the worst of the lines and be able to conserve water for the 828 residential users in rural West Central Missouri.
This announcement was part of many Earth Day events held across Missouri this week. April 22nd is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, which is being celebrated across the United States to acknowledge and unite communities, organizations, and the U.S. Government for their accomplishments in providing safe and sanitary living conditions to rural residents.
"Safe drinking water is the most basic ingredient for healthy communities—so I’m thrilled Bates County will be getting the necessary resources to aid their water conservation efforts," said Senator Claire McCaskill. "This is an important next step in ensuring the community there has the tools needed to provide safe and reliable water to the residents of west-central Missouri.”
“Access to safe drinking water is critical for our rural communities”, said Anita “Janie” Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development. “We are pleased to assist the residents of Bates County through our rural water system loan and grant program.”
Anyone seeking more information about the water and wastewater programs or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567, ext. 4.
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