NEW TAZWELL, TN., May 23, 2013 -- As a community grows so does the need for clean drinking water. Leaders in Claiborne County are taking steps to modernize and improve the capacity to meet those needs in part through a partnership with USDA Rural Development (RD).
USDA RD Area Director Joe Woody and Claiborne Utilities District Manager George Coots today announced federal funding for the construction of a new water tank for the district.
"Safe, reliable water is vital to the future of every healthy community," said Woody. "Making these infrastructure investments puts people to work now and it lays the foundation for improved public safety and sustainable economic growth in this area through the next generation."
A USDA low-interest loan of $984,100 will be utilized to construct a new 750,000 gallon-per-day water storage tank on the site of an existing but outdated tank. The new tank will provide improved capacity to meet peak demand during the day while maintaining an additional two-day reserve of clean drinking water for businesses and households in the downtown area.
"Our board has been and will continue to be proactive in meeting the needs of the community," said Coots. "We have evolved over the past 60 years and will continue to do so in our efforts to make Claiborne County a place where one’s quality of life is exemplified."
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Representative Lana Moore and RD Area Specialist Mary Short.
Rural Development community programs finance construction or improvements to essential services like reliable access to clean water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, education, job training and first responder facilities. Loan-guarantees encourage private lenders to expand the availability of affordable financing in rural communities. Direct loans and grants create sound financial opportunities for local governments to meet essential infrastructure needs.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.3 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
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 the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in East Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Knoxville at 865-523-3338 ext. 4, toll free at (800) 342-3149 ext. 1491 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.