Spring Valley, WI, Apr 26, 2012 -- The Village of Spring Valley marked the completion of renovations and upgrades to the Village’s Wastewater Treatment facility with a community celebration and open house event today.
Area residents joined Village Leaders; and Federal, State, and Local Officials for an open house event marking the completion of the construction and commencing of operation of the Village’s new treatment facility.
The project was made possible with the help of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant combination totaling over $3.65 million plus a State of Wisconsin CDBG grant in the amount of $250,000. The total cost of the project was $3.9 million.
USDA Rural Development Area Director, Susan Larson, representative for State Director Stan Gruszynski, said infrastructure projects like these directly tie into the sustainability and viability of communities.
The treatment facility, originally constructed in 1949, last received upgrades nearly 30 years ago and was nearing the end of its design life and capacity. The upgrades will ensure that the facility is in compliance with recent Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit changes. In addition, the extension of the system to the Business Park is providing service to the new Spring Valley Health Care Services and assisted living facility and enables future growth within the community.
“The Village deserves a lot of credit. Developing and maintaining a modern infrastructure is essential for the sustainability of our communities,” said Larson. “People choose to live in rural Wisconsin for the quality of life it offers, and reliable infrastructure plays a big part. This project exemplifies a continued effort on behalf of USDA Rural Development’s mission to be a partner in helping rural communities, by providing the assistance needed to build a foundation for a thriving community. We are pleased to have been a part of the project and the positive impact it will have on the community.”
USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Programs provide water and waste financing to rural communities Recipients of the funding may build, repair, and improve public water systems, and waste collection and treatment systems in rural communities with up to 10,000 in population.
This year, USDA is commemorating the 150th anniversary founding of the “Peoples Department.” In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture. Since then, USDA has helped support the tremendous growth and success of American agriculture, drive economic growth, conserved natural resources and build stronger communities and a stronger nation. As we celebrate 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future. In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America. We will continue to help provide a safe, ample food supply for our nation and the world.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned nearly $558 million dollars this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.