BIG SANDY, Tenn., Aug 02, 2012 -- Local leaders of Big Sandy are putting into effect the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” when it comes to their water supply. Currently the town’s water supply comes from the Highland Rim Aquifer System through four groundwater wells. However, sandy soil conditions in the area increase the risk of contamination.
RD State Director Bobby Goode joined Big Sandy Mayor Ron Lane and other local leaders today to announce a federal grant of $500,000 to fund improvements to the treatment system. The grant will be used to repair the current sewer system to prevent leakage that could get into the potable water.
The town has noticed a heightened flow entering the wastewater treatment plant since the 2010 floods and recent wet weather events which have resulted in leaks within the lagoon berm. The project will construct a mile of gravity sewer repairs, including lining and berm improvements. The repairs will also remove infiltration and inflow which will reduce the contamination risk.
"Safe, reliable drinking water is a basic necessity for families, farms and businesses," 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.
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Representative Matt Varino, Sen. Bob Corker’s Representative Jennifer Weems, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Scott Golden, Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Representative Steve Allbrooks, Northwest Tennessee Development District planner Rob Goad, Tennessee Association of Utility Districts representative Dewayne Culpepper, Big Sandy City Recorder Debbie Wright, Big Sandy City Clerk Bonita Finch, Big Sandy Public Works Mike Roger, Steve Pierpoint and Daniel Tidwell, Heathcoat and Davis Engineers representative John Allen, RD Area Director Harriet Cannon and Area Specialist Brenda Horner.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last three years the agency has assisted at least 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $2.5 Billion 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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