Tabor, SD, Jul 11, 2012 -- Rural Development South Dakota State Director Elsie M. Meeks visited Tabor today to recognize B-Y Water District for being selected to receive a Water and Waste Disposal loan of $4,037,000 and a grant of $299,000 to expand and improve the service to users in Douglas County which will include the addition of a pump station, 4” and 6” PVC pipe and modifications to an existing pump station and the Yankton Segment Phase I consisting of placing 24”, 20” and 16” pipe along Hwy 50 for approximately 8 miles. This line will then be utilized as a main trunk line from which additional future lines can be built to provide additional flow to current and new users.
“Investing in our rural communities is a good investment,” said Meeks. “Strong and sustainable rural communities are built when infrastructure is maintained. Providing clean water and safe treatment of wastewater to users will serve the community well into the future.”
B-Y is an existing rural water system formulated in the mid 1970s as a water user district organized under the laws of South Dakota. There are presently 4,604 existing users being served by B-Y Water District, plus some bulk users and the Government for the Parks and Recreation camping areas. Federal funding will be leveraged with an applicant contribution of $250,000 and other contributions of $34,900 for a total project cost of $4,160,900. The Douglas county project is the continuation of a project that was originally started in 2006. Twenty-two users will be added with the Douglas County Line project. When complete, the project will relieve stress on the distribution system while providing for future growth. The Yankton Segment Phase I project is the first phase of a multi-phase plan which will provide a transmission capacity increase to accommodate growth to the year 2035 in the Yankton area.
“We appreciate the assistance and effort put forth by Rural Development,” said Terry Wootton, Manager of B-Y Water District. He continued, “Making improvements and growing the system can always be a challenge especially when it comes to the financing aspect. This type of help enables us to make these changes and improvements while keeping the impact to our users to a minimum.”
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 $170 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.