Lake Andes, SD, Jul 11, 2012 -- The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development is improving the lives of residents of Charles Mix, Douglas, Davison, parts of Aurora, Brule and Buffalo Counties by presenting a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal low interest loan in the amount of $ 4,987,500 to Randall Community Water District (RCWD). The applicant will also be contributing $2,800,000 toward this project. The funds will be used for expansion and upgrade of their water treatment plant near Platte, SD.
Elsie M. Meeks, USDA Rural Development South Dakota State Director said, “USDA Rural Development and the Obama Administration support the efforts of rural cities and towns with improvements to their water system. Congratulations to RCWD for their commitment to meeting the rural water service needs of the northwestern reaches of its service area and improving the well being of the residents that live there.”
RCWD was experiencing increasing demands for rural water service, as well as meeting State water quality standards. At times the need for treated water stressed the District’s capacity to serve.
RCWD Manager Alvin Van Zee said, “This project will greatly improve the quality of water as well as the quantity provided to the District patrons. In addition it improves greatly the reliability to provide water that will meet all state standards as well as any possible new requirements from the EPA for the next several years.”
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.