News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022110
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
Park Hills, MO, Sep 17, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development Assistant State Director Tim Rickabaugh today announced funding for Public Water Supply District #2 of St. Francois County. Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Water Loan of $814,600.

"Access to safe drinking water is critical to our rural communities, Rickabaugh said. Without water, houses would not be constructed, schools would not be established and business would not locate to an area. Rural Development commends Public Water Supply District #2 of St. Francois County for, not only recognizing the necessity of water to rural life, but also understanding the importance of improving and maintaining the system that is vital to the future of families in rural Missouri."

Rural Develoment funds will be used to upgrade the existing water system by constrcuting new well houses, painting and rehabilitation of an existing tank, the addition of a garage for vehicle adn equpment storage and replaement of a meter. These improvements will benefit 366 existing users in the Frankclay area of St. Francois County.

Water and Waste Water Grant and Loan Programs assist in the development of water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes.

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at:

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the Department 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 $828 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.


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