Augusta, WI, Oct 04, 2012 -- CONTACT:
Kelly Edwards, Public Information Coordinator
New Treatment Facility Completed in Augusta
City Holds Celebration
AUGUSTA, WI – OCTOBER 4, 2012- - The City of Augusta marked the completion of construction of the City’s New Wastewater Treatment Facility with a community celebration and Open House event today.
Augusta area residents joined City Leaders and Local Officials for a ceremony celebrating the projects conclusion, and commencement of operation of the new treatment facility.
The City’s previous community wastewater treatment facility was over 60 years-old, needing extensive rehabilitation and exceeding its design life. The age and processes of the plant rendered it inefficient and costly to operate. The new facility is an extended aeration activated sludge treatment facility designed for biological nutrient removal. The new construction was necessary to meet existing, and future, wastewater treatment needs of the community. The wastewater treatment facility is designed to treat 553,000 gallons of wastewater per day, and prevent any effluent discharge in to area ground water. In addition, the new facility will decrease the necessary operations and maintenance costs of the entire system. More than 1400 residents will benefit from the new facility.
The project was funded through the City of Augusta with a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant combination totaling over $4.21 million.
USDA Rural Development Community Programs Director Brian Deaner, said infrastructure projects like these directly tie into the sustainability and viability of communities.
“Aging water and waste infrastructure systems threaten the ability of rural communities to grow and thrive by providing cleaner to residents and protecting precious environmental resources. This project exemplifies a continued effort on behalf of USDA Rural Development’s mission to be a partner in helping rural communities, by providing the assistance needed to build a foundation for a thriving community. We are pleased to have been a part of this project,” said Deaner.
Additional partners on the $4.5 million project were Davy Engineering Co. of La Crosse, the Consulting Engineer; Wapasha Construction Co., Inc., General/Mechanical Contractor; and B & B Electric, Inc., the Electrical Contractor.
USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Programs provide water and waste financing to rural communities Recipients of the funding may build, repair, and improve public water systems, and waste collection and treatment systems in rural communities with up to 10,000 in population.
This year, USDA is commemorating the 150th anniversary founding of the “Peoples Department.” In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture. Since then, USDA has helped support the tremendous growth and success of American agriculture, drive economic growth, conserved natural resources and build stronger communities and a stronger nation. As we celebrate 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future. In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America. We will continue to help provide a safe, ample food supply for our nation and the world.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned nearly $558 million dollars this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.