News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022251
Lexington, Kentucky, Aug 08, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced $1,450,000 in USDA funds ($1,050,000 loan/ $400,000 grant) to extend Big Sandy Water District infrastructure to connect to the City of Ashland’s water supply for an alternate source of water. 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 construct approximately six miles of 10- and 12-inch water transmission line and one pump station in order to establish an interconnection between the Big Sandy Water District and the City of Ashland to serve as an alternate water source, thereby insuring a dependable supply of potable water for approximately 4,546 existing customers in rural Boyd County. The loan portion will have a forty-year repayment period at an interest rate of 2.75 percent. The USDA funds will be supplemented by funding through the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The total project cost is estimated to be $1,975,000.

“This regional cooperation between these two water providers will help ensure area residents have continued access to clean, safe, and reliable potable water,” said Fern. “USDA is proud to work in partnership with our state partner and Big Sandy Water District to expand the community’s 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:

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, which 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, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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 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 $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.