News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015888
ContactMatt Moore(573) 876-9321
(APRIL 23, 2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATES EARTH DAY, 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF USDA, BY SUPPORTING WATER PROJECTS TO IMPROVE SANITATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Columbia, MO, Apr 23, 2012 --

@@As part of USDA’s Earth Day celebration, State Director Anita “Janie” Dunning today announced support for projects that will improve water and wastewater services and benefit the environment across Missouri.

“Clean and abundant water supply systems are fundamental to thriving rural communities,” said Dunning. “These water and wastewater projects demonstrate how USDA is helping the environment in rural communities. This year, Earth Day coincides with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are excited to commemorate 150 years of working with Americans to protect the land and continue improving the lives of those living in rural areas through our programs.”

In all, Missouri USDA Rural Development recognized six water and wastewater systems for their investment in efficient water systems. Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment.

Each Earth Day project recognized by Missouri USDA Rural Development is listed below:

    • City of Cardwell will receive a $1,367,000 loan and a $638,000 grant

    o Funds will be used to finance improvements to the City’s wastewater treatment and collection system. The improvements include a new advanced biological treatment process designed to meet more stringent discharge limits and cure in place lining for the collection lines.

    • City of Richmond will receive a $968,000 loan and a $416,100 grant.

    o Funds will be used to make improvements to the wastewater treatment facilities for 6,116 residents of Richmond.

    • City of Green City will receive a $ 337,000 loan.

    o Funds will be used to install 1,500 linear feet of sewer main, replace collection lines, replace the lining of man-holes; replace and repair lift stations, and make overall improvements. The system serves 350 customers.

    • Bates PWSD #4 will receive a $499,000 loan and a $392,000 grant.

    o Funds will be used to install variable frequency drives at two pump stations, install a master meter connection to Public Water Supply #2 of Bates County as an alternative and more economical source of water, upgrade telemetry and replace nearly 11 miles of 6-inch line. Bates PWSD #4 has had significant water loss and this project will replace the worst of the lines.  The district serves 828 residential users.

    • Washington PWSD #1 will receive a $538,000 loan and a $1,209,990 grant.

    o Funds will be used to install a centralized wastewater collection system. Project includes 25,000 feet of 8-inch gravity main, 7,000 feet of 6-inch force main and two lift stations. The centralized system is needed to replace the individual failing septic systems and to eliminate the raw sewerage in the ditches. The project will serve 525 residents living in the Springtown area just east of Potosi on Missouri Highway 8 in Washington County.

    • City of Greenfield will receive a $550,000 loan.

    o Funds will be used to construct a liquid chlorine disinfection system at Talburt Lagoon. The City has a population of 1,358 and serves approximately 613 customers.

Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant, or loan/grant agreement. To find more information on Missouri’s Earth Day recognition, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/MO-Home.html .

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.

“Committed to the future of rural communities.”

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Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).