Des Moines, Iowa, Apr 19, 2013 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that West Central Iowa Rural Water Association is receiving $3,712,000 in USDA loans and grants to help make system improvements and offset costs and water shortages as a result of last summer’s drought. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
“We are pleased to be assisting West Central Iowa Rural Water Association as it continues to deal with ongoing effects from last summer’s drought,” Menner said. “These funds will help ensure an adequate supply of quality potable water is available to thousands of rural Iowans.”
West Central Iowa Rural Water Association is receiving $500,000 through USDA Rural Development’s Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG) program which provides assistance to rural community water systems that have experienced a dramatic decline in the quantity or quality of drinking water due to a specifically defined emergency such as drought, earthquake or flood.
The ECWAG funds will be used to obtain additional water supply from the City of Denison and to drill a new well, or wells, in the Nishnabotna aquifer. Extreme drought conditions have caused dramatic decreases in well levels throughout the water association’s service area which includes parts of Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Guthrie and Shelby Counties in western Iowa. Approximately 1,400 rural residents and businesses will benefit from the new water supply.
West Central Rural Water Association was just one of two entities nationwide receiving funds from the USDA’s Emergency Community Water Assistance program this year.
The rural water association is also receiving a $3,212,000 USDA loan to make line upgrades, pump station alterations, and construct an elevated water storage tank benefiting approximately 3,000 rural residents and businesses.
About USDA Rural Development
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call (515) 284-4663 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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 a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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.
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