Frankford, MO, Oct 10, 2012 -- In a ceremony on October 10, 2012, Donna Martin, Area Specialist from USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Celebration to the City of Frankford. The certificate was presented in recognition of the city and their continual efforts to keep the water system’s infrastructure current and up-to-date. The City of Frankford is able to perform these improvements to the water system with the assistance of $650,000 in loan funds and $571,000 in grant funds from USDA Rural Development.
The system improvements include a new water storage tank and replacement of old distribution lines. The existing tank was constructed in 1971. The existing tank is only 92 feet tall and does not have the full volume available for pressure. Therefore a new elevated storage tank that will be 134 feet tall with a 50,000 gallon capacity is being proposed. The existing distribution system consists of 2”, 3”, 4” and 6” gray PVC pipe which was also installed in 1971. This material is known to split easily. Approximately 6,550 feet of 6” and 20,000 feet of 4” PVC pipe will be installed to replace the old distribution lines.
The City purchases water from the Public Water Supply District in Pike County. In 2009 the City was experiencing an average daily water loss of about 24%. In addition, only the upper one-third or about 18,000 gallons of water was available for use in the old tank. The new distribution lines and tank should improve the system’s performance and extend the life of the facility.
“The funds received in this project will greatly help the well being of this community. A new water tower with new lines will give better water pressure and volume to the community. This will also enhance the fire departments ability to fight fires,” stated Roger Owens, Mayor of the City of Frankford.
“Having an adequate supply of water and a sound distribution system are important to the customers and I commend all for their hard work in making this project a reality.” said Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development. “I am pleased that so many households will benefit from the improvements.”
Dunning added, “Appreciation is also extended to our federal elected officials for supporting the USDA Rural Development programs. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.
USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, 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.
Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or can contact Donna Martin at the Area Office at the Farmington, MO by calling 573-756-6413, Ext. 119.
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