Kewaunee, Jun 09, 2012 -- CONTACT:
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Treatment Plant Improvements Completed in Kewaunee
City Holds Celebration
KEWAUNEE, WI – JUNE 9, 2012 - - The City of Kewaunee marked the completion of renovations and upgrades to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant with a community celebration and ribbon cutting event on Saturday.
Kewaunee area residents joined City Leaders and Local Officials for a ceremony marking the completion of the construction and commencing of operation of the new treatment facility.
The celebration included a ribbon cutting, open house, and dedication program.
The City’s Treatment Facility is over 50 years-old, exceeding its design life by more than 30 years. The improvements were necessary to bring the facility in compliance with recent requirements set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and to meet existing, and future, wastewater treatment needs of the community. The improvements included the addition of process units and buildings. The newest aeration plant, disinfection facilities, and sludge treatment facilities were retained and upgraded. The project also includes construction of a new laboratory/administration and headworks building that will include screening, grit removal equipment, flow metering, raw influent pumps, motor control equipment, and aeration blowers.
The project was made possible with the help of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant combination totaling over $6.9 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski, said infrastructure projects like these directly tie into the sustainability and viability of communities.
“Aging water and waste infrastructure systems threaten the ability of rural communities to provide clean, reliable drinking water to residents and protect precious environmental resources. Having clean water to drink shouldn’t be a privilege, but a right of every Wisconsin Resident. 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 this project,” said Gruszynski.
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.
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.
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.