ROTHSAY, Apr 26, 2013 -- Rural Development
375 Jackson Street | Suite 410
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101
Release No.: 00005
Jeff Scholten, (320) 763-3191 ext. 112
City of Rothsay Selected to Receive $2 Million in USDA Rural Development Funds for Wastewater Treatment Project
ROTHSAY, Minn., May 15 – USDA Rural Development officials recently visited the community of Rothsay to announce over $2.1 million in financing to to improve the city’s sanitary sewer collection system. The funding comes in the form of a $1,713,000 loan and a $438,000 grant through Rural Development’s Water and Wastewater program. 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.
After 65 years of wear from weather and increased use, the city of Rothsay’s sanitary sewer system was in need of numerous repairs. Much of the sewer system was installed in 1948 when brick manholes and short lengths of vitirified clay pipe (VCP) were common. As a result, the system currently suffers from multiple areas of failure including cracked pipes, off-set joints, mineral deposits, sags, breaks, and root intrusion.
The funding will help the city replace aging infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life. 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,” Dan Labat, USDA Rural Development Area Director, said. “The improvements to the wastewater treatment system will help the city thrive by preserving the surrounding environment and increasing the quality of life in the region.”
Rothsay’s existing sanitary sewer system failures causes clean water, in the form of storm run-off and ground water, to flow into the sewer system at an unmanageable rate. This results in increased costs to operate and maintain the system and wastes valuable treament capacity. With the help of Rural Development funding, replacement and relining of significantly damaged or sagging sewer lines, replacement or rehabilitation of damaged brick manholes, and pavement restoration in selected areas will help this city win the future through sustainable infrastructure.
“USDA Rural Development’s combination grant and low-interest loan package will help the City of Rothsay maintain and sustain the existing system,” Rothsay mayor Chris Buckingham said. “It’s an investment in our future for the community as a whole.”
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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