News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017809
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Wausa, Nebraska, Aug 11, 2012 --

@@The dedication for the completion of Phase I of the Wau-Col water system with the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (NRD) and area residents was attended by Nebraska USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul and staff. Financing from USDA Rural Development of nearly $2.4 million allowed construction of a regional water system encompassing five rural communities. The special dedication was held at the Wausa water tower.

“This regional water system shows what communities can accomplish together and Rural Development is pleased to be a part of this,” said Moul. “The new system will ensure that quality water will be available to Belden, Magnet, McLean and rural users for the long term. These communities have made a great investment in having clean, safe drinking water today and for future generations.”

Stan Staab, Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources General Manager said, “Rural water systems continue to be very important to our citizens as groundwater quality declines. Well designed systems provide high quality domestic supplies which enhance lives in small communities and farmsteads. Lower Elkhorn NRD is very proud to be a partner in this project.”

Several rural communities in Northeast Nebraska experienced issues with their water quality (nitrates) and, in some instances, quantity. The common water issues that these communities and rural areas faced provided the encouragement to develop a regional water source. This project involved the collaboration of a number of parties to bring it to fruition, including the Lewis and Clark NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD, Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation and Development, Midwest Assistance Program, Nebraska Rural Water Association, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Villages of Wausa, Coleridge, Belden, Magnet, McLean, and the rural users located adjacent to these communities. The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District took the lead in the formation of the rural regional water system.

The project included the development of a new water source for the communities of Magnet, McLean, Belden, and additional rural users. The new system consists of two water sources and transmission systems. One water source is provided by the Village of Coleridge and supplies water to the Village of Belden. The second water source is provided by the Village of Wausa and supplies water to the Villages of Magnet and McLean and additional rural users. The Village of Wausa’s water source also included the development of a new water storage tank, which not only serves the needs of the regional water system, but also that of the Village. The regional water system allows these communities to have water systems that are in compliance with the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

For additional information contact USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Janice Stopak at (402) 423-9683 ext. 121 or