News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020366
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Clatonia, Nebraska, Apr 22, 2013 --

@@Nebraska USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul and staff celebrated Earth Day with the Village of Clatonia. The funding of nearly $1.6 million for a new Village water system was announced. Special recognition was given to those who were instrumental to the project as they each signed a segment of water pipe.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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.

“Clean, safe drinking water is a priority of USDA Rural Development,” said Moul. “We are pleased to assist Clatonia with its new water system, a long term investment in vital infrastructure.”

The new system will ensure safe, potable drinking water for the Village. A well will be drilled with a transmission main connecting to the existing system. A 75,000 gallon water tank will be constructed. Undersized water mains will be replaced as well as valves and fire hydrants and new curb stops and service lines installed. All water meters will also be replaced.

“Clatonia residents will be extremely pleased to see the aging water system infrastructure updated,” said Village Chairperson Robin Mayer, Village of Clatonia. “The new system will provide cleaner, safer drinking water as well as making the water more useable in day to day activities.”

The existing system has two wells that have passed their design life with odor and taste issues occuring. The existing storage tank was built in 1935, outliving its useful life. The distribution system also dates back to 1935 and is made of cast iron pipes. The water meters are old and no longer measuring the water usage correctly.

For additional information contact USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Janice Stopak at (402) 423-9683 or

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.