Topeka, Kansas, Sep 14, 2012 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for rural water projects to create jobs and improve rural water and wastewater systems in 16 states. In Kansas, the city of Linn Valley received a $2.392 million loan and $1.432 million grant from USDA Rural Development to install a centralized sewer collection system in a portion of the city.
“USDA Rural Development provides rural Kansas communities with affordable financing to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure,” stated USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. “The city of Linn Valley is keeping rates affordable for its residents, and is protecting the environment for future generations.”
The city of Linn Valley currently lacks a centralized sewer system, and homeowners use holding tanks for their wastewater that is pumped out on a regular basis. With financing assistance from USDA Rural Development, the city will install nearly 50,000 linear feet of sewer lines, 27 manholes, 2 lift stations, and 208 grinder pumps. The collection system will assist 254 residences in the city, and the remaining 186 residences will continue using holding tanks until financing is pursued for the second phase of the project. By utilizing USDA Rural Development financing instead of commercial financing, the city will save Linn Valley residents approximately $45 per month on their sewer bill.
“Linn Valley is a growing community that needs a more modernized waste collection system for the health and welfare of our residents,” said Linn Valley Mayor Jeanne Dwyer. “We are thankful to USDA Rural Development for providing the city with long-term, low-interest financing we need to finally begin work on this much-needed project.”
USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) helps rural communities build and upgrade rural water systems. RUS funding will provide thousands of new connections to water and wastewater facilities to improve water quality, increase the efficiency of water use, and reduce usage.
Secretary Vilsack announced $54 million in loans and $19 million in grants to communities in the following states to improve water and wastewater systems: Arkansas, California, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Since 2009, USDA has provided more than $8.1 billion in investment to bring modern, updated water and wastewater capacity to thousands of rural communities – helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of millions.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $172 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 America.
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