Versailles, MO, Jan 29, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh, on behalf of Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning, today announced funding for the City of Versailles. Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Water Loan in the amounts of $5,000,000. Rural Development funds will be used to improve wastewater treatment for all 1,039 users.
"We tend to ignore or forget about the importance of proper wastewater treatment to our communities. After we flush or we drain the sink and watch the water disappear, we give little thought to what happens,” Dunning said. “Without treatment of our wastewater, not only could the resources of our communities be affected, but potential harm can be done to environmental assets outside our commuities. Correct control of wastewater is critical to the health of citizens of a community. Versailles understands the need to treat wastewater to meet guidelines and to guard against harm to residents and the environment."
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.
U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler stated, “I am pleased that more than 1,000 citizens of Versailles will benefit from a USDA Water and Waste Disposal Loan. I join the city in welcoming this $5,000,000 loan that will provide improved wastewater treatment.”
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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