KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan 30, 2012 -- Residents and businesses in Anderson, Knox and Union Counties will soon see improvements to their public water service.
Rep. John Duncan, Jr. and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann joined USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode, Union County Mayor Mike Williams and other local leaders today at the Hallsdale Powell Utility District offices to announce federal funding to improve water service.
"This is great news for the people in rural Knox, Union, and Anderson Counties who will see much improved water service as a result of this loan," said Duncan. "I have served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during my entire time in the Congress and have seen firsthand how these investment dollars impact rural communities. I know the folks here in East Tennessee really appreciate it and will make the most of these resources, and I will continue to help in any way I can."
The $4,983,000 low-interest loan will be used to replace about 5.5 miles of waterlines in the Anderson, Knox and Union County service area and to construct water storage tanks in Crippen Gap and Cedar Chase. The work will improve water pressure system wide and reduce significant water loss caused by older leaky and damaged pipes.
"Safe, reliable drinking water is vital to the future of every healthy community," said Goode. "Making these infrastructure investments puts people to work now and it lays the foundation for sustainable economic growth in the area through the next generation."
Rural Development community programs finance construction or improvements to essential services like reliable access to clean water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, education, job training and first responder facilities. Loan-guarantees encourage private lenders to expand the availability of affordable financing in rural communities. Direct loans and grants create sound financial opportunities for local governments to meet essential infrastructure needs.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year agency’s investments impacted nearly every rural Tennessee family and business through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants of more than $737 million.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in the Anderson, Knox or Union County areas contact the Rural Development Area Office in Knoxville at 865-523-3338 ext. 4, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1491, or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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