News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020583
El Paso, Texas, May 13, 2013 --

@@John Perkins, USDA Rural Development Area Director, along with representatives from the Lower Valley Water District and Congressman Pete Gallego’s office, broke ground today to signify the start of construction on new water improvement project that will provide first-time water service to over 170 families in El Paso County.

“Many of us take for granted our access to clean drinking water.  The reality is there are still rural areas in America where water systems are nonexistent and residents have never had in-home access to water,” said Valentin.  “Rural Development is pleased to be part of this groundbreaking, which will lead to first-time water service and bring clean in-home drinking water to the families in Vista Larga, College Park, Darington and Dairyland.”

USDA Rural Development has provided a $2,808,130 grant to Lower Valley Water District in support of the Sandhills Phase 2 Water Improvement Project. The funding is being used to bring first time potable water to approximately 170 rural residents in Vista Larga, College Park, Darington, and Dairyland. Residents in these areas do not currently have access to a reliable water system; rather they use private water storage tanks. Today’s groundbreaking is the start of a project that will consist of approximately 173 connections established through 73,000 linear feet of new distribution lines.

USDA Rural Development strives to see that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy by providing technical assistance, funding, and other programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life. For further information regarding USDA Rural Development Programs, contact the El Paso Area Office at 915-855-1229, Extension 4, or visit our website at

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.