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(MARCH 20, 2013) USDA AND THE CITY OF SOMERSET, TEXAS MARK THE OPENING OF A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
Somerset, Texas, Mar 20, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development Housing and Community Facilities Administrator Tammye Treviño and Rural Development Area Director Joe De Ochoa, along with representatives from the City of Somerset, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony today to highlight a new wastewater treatment plant for the city. The United States Department of Agriculture remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

“USDA is pleased to mark the completion of this modern wastewater treatment plant in the City of Somerset.” Treviño said. “Financing reliable water and waste infrastructure is just one of the ways the Obama Administration achieves its mission of creating economic opportunity and safeguarding public health in rural communities like this one across the country.”

“The Water and Waste Disposal program is a vital funding source available to rural communities to help them keep pace with the needs of their rising populations,” said Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development State Director. “We are pleased to assist the City of Somerset with funding to ensure they will be able to keep pace with the increased population by upgrading the city’s wastewater system.”

USDA funding was used to construct the new wastewater treatment plant revealed today.  The new plant has increased the daily capacity of the system to provide better service to about 1,550 rural community residents throughout Somerset.  The new system also is more energy efficient, allowing it to meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requirements. 

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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.  For information on this and other USDA Rural Development programs in Texas, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/TXHome.html.

USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.