Morgantown, WV, Jul 08, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Grant of $345,000 for Big Bend Public Service District, Summers 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 extend public water service to approximately 74 additional households that currently rely on private systems that produce water of insufficient quantity and quality.
Construction will involve four miles of new waterline and one water storage tank. Upgrades to the existing treatment plant will also be necessary to increase the daily production rate by 1.5 hours. This is a subsequent grant to cover a construction cost overrun. Previous Rural Development funding was obligated in 2009 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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.