News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021762
ContactGail Bennett(304) 366-2921, ext. 214
Morgantown, WV, Aug 07, 2013 --

@@ State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of $300,000 for Mt. Hope Water Association, Upshur 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 install a new 350 gallon-per-minute pumping station to replace the existing station. The current pumping station was constructed in 1974 and has reached the end of its service period.

"This new equipment is needed in order for the Association to continue to provide a safe and reliable source of water for its approximately 1,200 customers," stated Lewis.

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.