News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022917
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
Benton, MO, Dec 18, 2013 --

@@On December 18, 2013, USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning today announced funding for the Scott County Public Water Supply District #4. Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Water Loan of $1,855,000 and a Water and Waste Water Grant of $860,300.

"We all know the statement ‘water is life’ is true. Not only for the biological life of humans, but for the community development life of rural areas,” Dunning said. “Without water, houses would not be constructed, schools would not be built or expanded and business would not locate to an area or have the potential to grow. Rural Development commends Scott County Public Supply Water District #4 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 Development funds will be used to expand the existing water district and add 205 new customers. The project includes 37miles of water mains and service lines and installation of meters.

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 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:

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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