LIVINGSTON, Tenn., Mar 05, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development (RD) State Director Bobby Goode and Springville Utility District (SUD) Board President Denise Evans were joined Friday by other state and local officials to break ground on the $4,198,000 project that will soon supply safe, reliable drinking water to more of southeastern Henry County.
"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 growth in these communities through the next generation."
RD assistance includes a grant of $1,925,500 and a low interest infrastructure loan of $863,000. Other funding partners include the Environmental Protection Agency that provided a $500,000 grant and the Delta Regional Commission that provided a $200,000 grant. SUD is investing $304,500 and Sandy Beach Water Association $405,000.
According to SUD officials water service for this area would be too expensive and unsustainable for residents without the federal grant assistance.
Sandy Beach Water Association (SBWA) presently draws water for its customers from Kentucky Lake through a dedicated intake line. The water is treated and distributed to the residents. According to Sandy Beach officials, the State has given notice that because of changing conditions in the lake, SBWA's permit to take water from the lake will not be renewed and the residents will no longer have a public water source. Longstanding groundwater issues make individual private wells unreliable and subject to periodic contamination in this area.
Nearly 30 miles of new distribution lines will provide water to about 1,300 homes and businesses in the Springville area. The new transmission main will also make it possible for SUD to add a supply line to the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Educational Center located across West Sandy Creek. This main line extension will open up the potential for future extensions to supply households in the surrounding area.
"The mayor and the Henry County Commission have for many years worked to bring clean, healthy and abundant water to this area," said Evans. "With the help of Rural Development and State and federal agencies we finally have the opportunity to provide that water to our residents."
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander's Field Representative Matt Varino, Rep. Stephen Fincher's Field Representative Scott Golden, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Delta Regional Authority Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Michael Marshall, State Sen. Roy Herron, State Rep. Tim Wirgau, Northwest TN Development District Executive Director John Bucy, Henry County Chamber Administrative Assistant Galia Greer, and USDA RD Area Director Harriet Cannon and staff Brenda Horner.
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 the agency assisted tens of thousands of Tennessee families and businesses, investing more than $737 million through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1497 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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