News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022264
Lexington, Kentucky, Sep 20, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced $1.4 million in USDA funds ($1,000,000 loan/ $430,000 grant) to complete the improvements to the City of Harrodsburg wastewater treatment plant.

Rural Development funds will be used to complete improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, providing a safe and sanitary means of waste disposal for customers in Mercer County. The original project involved the installation of a belt filter press system to de-water the waste solids, thereby removing potential health and sanitary hazards. Since the original project was begun, the city has incurred additional project costs due to aging equipment. Plant processes, monitoring and control functions must also be replaced to meet regulatory standards. The loan repayment terms are 40 years at an interest rate of 2.75 percent. The estimated total cost of the project is $3.7 million. In addition to the $1.4 million announced today, USDA previously committed $1,032,000 in loan and grant funds in Fiscal Year 2011. The Environmental Protection Agency has also committed $1,261,000 in grant funds.

“USDA is committed to improving the quality of life for rural Kentuckians,” said Fern. “The improvements being made to the plant will help ensure future generations have a cleaner, safer environment in which to live.”

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.