Lexington, Kentucky, Jul 10, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced $6,400,000 in additional USDA funds ($5,000,000 loan/ $1,400,000 grant) to upgrade the City of Danville’s water infrastructure. The United States Department of Agriculture 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 increase the capacity of the existing water treatment plant from 8.1 to 12 MGD, construct one new water storage tank, construct a new 24-inch raw water main at Herrington Lake, and perform other improvements to the facility in order to meet current and future customer demands and to meet current regulatory requirements. The City of Danville is a regional water system serving a four-county area in central Kentucky with an approximate population of 17,409. The repayment terms for the loan portion are 40 years at an interest rate of 2.75 percent. USDA previously announced in March of 2013, the approval of an $8,600,000 loan for the water improvement project. The USDA funds will be supplemented by funding through the Commonwealth of Kentucky – Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, local bond issuance and funding by the City of Danville. The total project cost is estimated to be $29,000,000.
“I commend the City of Danville for their commitment to a regional approach to supplying clean, safe and reliable water to rural Kentuckians in central Kentucky,” said Fern. “USDA is proud to work in partnership with our state partner and the City of Danville to make these important upgrades to their regional water system.”
For information on other projects funded by USDA Rural Development, please visit Rural Development’s interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
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