PARIS, TN., Jul 29, 2013 -- As a community grows so does the need for clean drinking water. In Henry County, in order to keep a continuous flow of clean water some tank repairs and other upgrades are needed. A partnership between Northwest Henry Utility District (NWHUD) and USDA Rural Development (RD) is making those repairs possible.
RD State Director Bobby Goode and NWHUD Chairman of the Board Dale O’Daniel were joined other local leaders today in announcing federal funding for the repairs to the tank and local water system.
"Safe, reliable water is vital to the future of every healthy community," said Goode. "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 $327,000 was combined with a $178,000 grant to perform the repairs to the 150,000 gallon water tank, replace and upgrade the booster pump station that feeds the tank and install a control system at the new pump station. The upgrades will continue to provide uninterrupted service to the 461 end users of the NWHUD system.
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Representative Matt Varino, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Scott Golden, State Rep. Tim Wirgau, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris City Manager Carl Holder, Tennessee ECD representatives Janna Hellums and Blake Swaggart, TLM Engineer Bob Safin, NWHUD Board Member Miranda Barrett, NWHUD office manager Alice Massey, RD Area Director Harriet Cannon and Area Specialist Brenda Horner.
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 Northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1497 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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