Coachella, CA, Apr 17, 2012 -- Earth Day celebrations kicked-off early this year in Coachella as USDA Rural Utilities Administrator Jonathan Adelstein joined Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia and others at the city's newly enhanced wastewater treatment facility. USDA Rural Development provided financing for the project with funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
"It's critical that communities like Coachella have reliable, safe wastewater systems," said Adelstein. "Sus problemas son nuestros problemas and we -- the people of this community and the Obama Administration -- are working in partnership to fix them. This Earth Day, USDA is commemorating 150 years of working with Americans to protect the land."
Previously, the City of Coachella was in violation of the Regional Water Quality Control Board since their wastewater system was near its capacity, as well they had experienced some problems during peak hours. Funds allowed the city to construct new concrete drying beds and rehab old sewage tanks that would expand their capacity by 1.5 million gallons of sewage a day. At completion, the city can now provide safe, effective waste removal for all their current residents as well as ensure room for growth.
"Today's project shows not only our commitment to providing excellent waste removal for the residents of Coachella, but also our commitment to keeping the Earth's resources safe and clean," said Garcia. "Thanks to our partnership with USDA, this new system will help us ensure this safety for many years to come."
In addition to the $3 million low-interest loan for this project, USDA Rural Development has assisted the City of Coachella with two other major improvement projects in recent years to help improve water and wastewater systems. In 2006, a $5 million loan helped construct a new water storage tank and in 2002, a $5 million loan and $1.25 million grant was used to help construct a new sewage pump station.
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