Bismarck, MO, Mar 20, 2014 -- Today USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning congratulated the City of Bismarck for the completion of their wastewater system improvement project.
Before these improvements were made, the City of Bismarck had settling issues with their existing treatment plant which resulted in decreased efficiency to their wastewater treatment. Infrastructure improvements were also made to sewer mains, manholes, and lift stations. This project ensured the 1,468 residents of Bismarck will continue to have safe, dependable, and sanitary means of waste disposal.
USDA Rural Development funds in the amount of a $2,500,000 loan and a $2,965,923.92 grant were used for this project. The USDA funds were supplemented by funding through the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program, made possible through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"One of the keys to quality of life in rural cities, towns and villages is maintenance of infrastructure,” Dunning said. “It is important that we provide communities like Bismarck with the resources necessary to ensure a decent quality of life and help attract—and keep—residents and businesses. Congratulations to the City of Bismarck on the completion of their much needed project.”
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.
Further information on rural programs is available by visiting the USDA Missouri Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. In addition, interested parties may contact the Farmington Sub-Area Office in person at 812 Progress Drive, Farmington, MO 63640 or by phone at (573) 756-6413, Ext. 4.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $197 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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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