Hamilton, MO, Jan 07, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning today announced funding for Daviess PWSD #2. Daviess PWSD #2 is receiving a Pre-Planning Development Grant of $7,500, a Water and Waste Water Disposal Loan of $157,000 and a Water and Waste Water Disposal Grant of $250,000.
In addition, Dunning announced funding for the City of Hamilton. The City of Hamilton has been approved for a Water and Waste Water Loan of $652,000 and a Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG) of $474,000.
"Neighbor helping neighbor has long been a tradition in rural communities. This practice often raised barns, harvested crops and responded to disasters. The tradition continues with this project,” Dunning said. “Daviess County PWSD #2 is providing water to the residents of the City of Jameson and the City of Hamilton; neighbors. Rural Development has been stressing regional problem solving for years due to diminishing resources. When we discuss successful regional approaches, we will continue to mention Daviess County PWSD #2 as an exceptional example."
Daviess County PWSD #2’s Pre-Planning Development Grant funds will be used to defray costs associated with project engineering work to extend water service to the City of Jameson. Rural Development Water and Waste Water Loan and Grant funds will be used to install the water lines to supply 68 users in Jameson.
Funds awarded to the City of Hamilton will be used to construct an 8 inch transmission line to deliver treated water from Daviess County PWSD #2 to Hamilton. Further, the funds will be used to improve the water distribution system within the City of Hamilton. This project will alleviate a severe water shortage caused by the recent drought and assure a dependable, safe water supply.
Congressman Sam Graves said, “The funding provided through USDA Rural Development programs is vital to Missouri. These projects will improve the standard of living for the residents of both Hamilton and Jameson. I look forward to working with USDA staff to continue this important investment in North Missouri.”
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.
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.
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.
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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