News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020584
Monahans, Texas, May 13, 2013 --

@@John Perkins, USDA Rural Development Area Director, along with representatives from the Southwest Sandhills Water Supply Corporation (WSC) and Congressman Pete Gallego’s office, broke ground today on the construction of a new water project to benefit rural residents throughout Ward 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 a 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 programs provide funding to communities to help them keep pace with the needs of their rising populations,” said Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development State Director. “We must ensure that rural residents, like those living within the Southwest Sandhills service area, have access to reliable and modern services and facilities to continually increase the quality of life of rural community members.”

USDA Rural Development has provided a $846,000 Water and Waste Disposal Loan to Southwest Sandhills WSC to assist with the construction of a new ground storage tank. The new 450,000 gallon tank will increase storage capacity and ease strain on the current system during peak usage hours. With the current drought situation, the new ground storage tank will also provide an additional adequate supply of water for the community of Monahans. The Southwest Sandhills WSC services a population of over 680 rural residents.

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 Ft Stockton Area Office at 432-336-7585, 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.