Columbia, MO, Nov 19, 2013 -- Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning announced funding for Boone County Public Supply Water District #10 on November 19, 2013. Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Water Loan of $2,250,000.
"Access to safe drinking water is critical to our rural communities,” Dunning said. “Without water, houses would not be constructed, schools would not be established and business would not locate to an area. Rural Development commends Boone County Public Supply Water District #10 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 13 miles of new PVC water lines to include upgrades, additional capacity, and improved system pressures. These improvements will benefit 1850 existing users in rural portions of Audrain, Boone, and Randolph Counties.
“I am pleased that USDA Rural Development has approved a Water and Waste Disposal Loan for more than $2 million to upgrade the Boone County Water Supply District #10’s existing water system. This project will be of great benefit to 1850 residents of rural Audrain, Boone, and Randolph Counties,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4).
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.
This use of USDA Rural Development funding is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs from rural America. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stresses that a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
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.
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