WASHINGTON, Dec 04, 2013 -- Contact:
Weldon Freeman (202) 690-1384
Agriculture Secretary Announces Projects to Improve Water Quality
Michigan Communities in Antrim, Monroe and Marquette Counties Receive Funding
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for projects in 40 states to finance investments in improved water and wastewater systems for more than 200,000 rural residents.
“Rural businesses and residents need access to clean water and modern waste disposal systems. This isn’t just an economic issue, it’s an issue of basic health and safety,” said Vilsack. “Water and wastewater projects like these help safeguard rural access to a modern, working infrastructure, which in turn ensures a decent quality of life and helps attract – and keep – the best and brightest in small towns across America.
Vilsack noted that passage of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs bill would help tackle the $2.1 billion backlog of shovel-ready rural water/wastewater projects, and said the bill is vital to rural communities. These are just some of the reasons why Congress should pass a comprehensive bill as soon as possible, he said.
In today’s announcement, USDA is providing $203 million to finance 74 water and infrastructure improvement projects in 40 states. Michigan has three water projects:
The Village of Ellsworth in Antrim County will receive a $607,000 loan to replace the water services on Park Street, High Street, Circle Drive, the alley north of Maple Street, and other improvements.
Whiteford Township in Monroe County will receive a $1,091,000 loan and $3,273,000 grant to provide two wells, a treatment system, 27,370 feet of water main, 8 blow-off hydrants, a 25,000 gallon ground storage tank, and other improvements.
Powell Township in Marquette County will receive a $1,632,000 loan and $1,334,000 grant for the construction of a new well house, along with new production wells, replacement of ductile iron piping with same, implementation of telemetry system, replace all deficient hydrants and gate valves, and install water meters.
The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program.
Here is the full list of projects that will receive USDA funding, contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the funding agreement.
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