Lexington, KY, Mar 13, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced $1,060,000 ($750,000 loan/ $310,000 grant) in federal funding to improve the City of Stanford’s water distribution infrastructure.
Rural Development funds will be used to install approximately 2 miles of water mains to replace aged and deteriorating water mains along Danville Street and to construct a new parallel water main west of Danville Street. This construction will improve water quality and increase flow to this area of downtown and also provide for adequate pressures and flow for fire protection, thereby benefitting approximately 3,213 residents in the City of Stanford in rural Lincoln 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.
“The improvements to Stanford’s water system are critical for ensuring safe and reliable water for area residents,” said Fern. “USDA is proud to work in partnership with the City of Stanford on this much needed water improvement project.”
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