ST. MARTIN, Apr 25, 2013 -- Rural Development
375 Jackson Street | Suite 410
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101
Release No.: 00001
Nikki Gillespie, (651) 602-7786
City of St. Martin Selected to Receive $2.3 Million in USDA Rural Development Funds for Water Treatment Project
Funding Announced During Earth Day Event at St. Martin City Hall
ST. MARTIN, Minn., April 25 – USDA Rural Development officials visited St. Martin today to announce over $2.3 million in financing to to improve the city’s water treatment and supply facility. The funding comes in the form of a $1,312,000 loan and a $1,022,000 grant. 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.
The funding will help the city replace aging infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life. It will also help the city replace its public water supply wells to improve water quality for community members. The event to announce the funding was part of USDA’s annual Earth Day celebration, which recognizes projects in rural communities that improve or maintain a healthy and clean environment.
“Modern infrastructure builds safe, sustainable and thriving rural communities,” Rod Jackson, USDA Rural Development Area Director, said. “The new treatment system provides St. Martin with an additional tool to win the future by preserving the surrounding environment and increasing the quality of life in the region.”
St. Martin’s existing water treatment infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life and will be replaced and refurbished as part of the project. The vulnerability of the city’s water supply wells have caused the levels of raw water iron and manganese to breach unsanitary drinking water standards.
“Without the assistance of the loan and grant package from USDA Rural Development, the cost to provide quality water would be unaffordable for system users,” mayor Jim Rothstein said. “USDA RD programs are vital for the survival of small communities.”
USDA Rural Development has invested over $206 million throughout Minnesota since 2009 to improve drinking water and wastewater treatment. Rural Development also finances housing, businesses, community facilities and other projects in rural areas. To learn more, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn, or call the local office in Alexandria at (320) 763-3191, ext. 4
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