Topeka, Kan, Apr 20, 2012 -- As part of USDA’s Earth Day celebration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced support for projects in 33 states that will improve water and wastewater services and the environment.
“It is critical that communities across the country have reliable, clean and abundant water,” said Vilsack. “These water and wastewater projects demonstrate how USDA is helping the environment in rural communities. This Earth Day, USDA is commemorating 150 years working with Americans to protect the land. At the same time, USDA is looking to the future. We know an economy built to last will rely on the health of our natural resources.”
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. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include participation by citizens and governments in more than 195 countries.
In Kansas, 11 water and wastewater projects were funded for a total of more than $12.6 million invested in rural Kansas communities to improve water quality and provide a safe and healthy environment.
• City of Alma received a $1.44 million loan and $355,000 grant to rehabilitate approximately 23,300 linear feet of sewer collection lines.
• City of Bison received a $413,800 loan to modify its sewage treatment system, which will include the construction of a 1.2 acre lagoon that will add an additional 261,400 cubic feet of storage capacity.
• City of Bronson received a $334,000 loan and $75,000 grant to construct a new 75,000 gallon water tower, install an automatic meter reading system, replace six fire hydrants, and install 1,100 linear feet of new water distribution lines.
• City of Chetopa received a $2.15 million loan and $456,000 grant to install 31,000 linear feet of water distribution lines, 26 fire hydrants, and 180 water meters.
• City of Delphos received $1.19 million loan and $420,000 grant to replace approximately 33,300 linear feet of water distribution lines, 14 fire hydrants, and 208 water meters.
• City of Hiawatha received a $998,000 loan to rehabilitate approximately 20,000 linear feet of sewer collection lines.
• City of Highland received a $805,000 loan to build a new 125,000 gallon water storage tank, replace 7,500 linear feet of water distribution lines, and install 30 fire hydrants.
• City of Lakin received a $1.27 million loan and $999,000 grant to complete a water treatment plant.
• Rural Water District #10 in Wilson County received a $683,000 loan and $117,000 grant to install 112,600 linear feet of water distribution lines.
• Sewer District No. 3 in Crawford County received a $60,000 loan to complete a sewer collection project.
• Sewer District No. 3 in Dickinson County received a $490,000 loan and $437,000 grant to install 11,100 linear feet of sewer collection lines, 3,320 linear feet of sewer transmission lines, a lift station, and a three-cell lagoon.
“USDA Rural Development provides critical financing for rural communities looking to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. “I applaud the efforts these rural Kansas communities have taken to improve the drinking water and environmental conditions in their communities for current and future generations.”
Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has provided $140 million in loans and grants to 68 Kansas communities that help safeguard the health of rural Kansans through improved water and wastewater services and systems.
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.
For additional information regarding this and other USDA Rural Development programs visit the Agency’s website http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/KS, or call the Agency’s state office at 785-271-2700.