PULASKI, TN., Jul 31, 2013 -- Rural Development Area Director Faye McEwen Tuesday joined Pulaski Mayor Pat Ford and other local leaders to announce an emergency water assistance grant of $460,000 to replace electrical switchgear and replace the water transmission main along North 8th Street.
The recent drought exposed weaknesses in the water system which had the potential to be a cause for water stoppage in Giles County. The identified bottleneck caused the city to be unable to deliver water to end users and the increased demand on the switchgear resulted in power lags. The improvements will remove the bottleneck and streamline the water service.
"Safe, reliable drinking water is a basic necessity for families, farms and businesses," said McEwen. "Infrastructure investments like this one put people to work now and lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth in the area through the next generation."
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.
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Representative Faye Head, Director of Public Works Harold Brooks, Pulaski Alderman Pat Miles, City Administrator Terry Harrison, RD Area Specialist Doug Shelton and Area Technician Debbie Gilchrist.
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 Giles County contact the Rural Development Area Office in Lawrenceburg at 931-762-6913 Ext. 4, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1494 or online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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