News Release
Release No.STELPRD4019562
ContactVernon Brown(859) 224-7336
Lexington, KY, Feb 06, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced $925,000 ($694,000 loan/ $231,000 grant) in federal funding to construct and renovate several components of Adair County Water District’s water and sewage treatment infrastructure.

Rural Development funds will be used to construct a wastewater treatment plant sludge conditioning system (to replace the existing system damaged during major flooding in 2010), renovate three existing water storage tanks (to restore structural and safety components), construct one new 250 GPM sewage lift station, and renovate four sewage lift stations (damaged during the 2010 flood event) throughout the City of Columbia. These improvements will allow the Water District to provide a safe and dependable water supply for approximately 4,014 existing customers in rural Adair County, one of Kentucky’s persistent poverty counties. The repayment terms for the loan portion of the funding are forty years at an interest rate of 1.875 percent.

“I commend the Adair County Water District for their leadership to ensure safe and dependable water supply for the residents of Adair County,” said Fern. “Rural Development is proud to work in partnership with the Adair County officials, along with other Federal funding partners to make these much needed improvements.”

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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 $181 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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