Morgantown, WV, Jun 26, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of $288,000 and Grant of $812,000 for the Town of Masontown, Preston County, WV.
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.
Rural Development funds will be used to upgrade the Town’s existing wastewater treatment plant. The purpose of the project is to provide adequate treatment capacity based on existing and future flow conditions.
"Improvements are needed to enable the Town to comply with effluent discharge requirements and future nutrient removal requirements," stated Lewis. "The project will benefit the Town’s 514 users of the system."
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.