Salt Lake City, Utah, Apr 22, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Dave Conine celebrated Earth Day by announcing an award of $710,000 to improve water services in Fremont, Utah.
“Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to emphasize the critical role USDA Rural Development plays in providing a better quality of life in rural Utah,” said Dave Conine. “Clean, reliable drinking water is essential to the lives of rural residents and their communities’ potential for growth. I am proud to announce this award to Fremont Waterworks and proud of the work USDA Rural Development does every day.”
Fremont Waterworks has been awarded a loan of $585,000 and a grant of $125,000 to improve the water system of Fremont and meet the requirements for safe, usable drinking water. The town’s water is derived from a natural spring. Funding will allow the collection areas for the spring to be redeveloped, approximately 1,600 feet of existing asbestos pipe will be replaced, other pipes will be replaced and redirected, and a new storage tank will be constructed to meet the future demands of a growing population.
Today’s announcement is part of the largest Earth Day investment USDA has made in rural water and wastewater systems. Nearly $387 million is being awarded to 116 recipients in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Department is providing $150 million in grants through the 2014 Farm Bill plus $237 million in loans and grants from USDA’s Water and Environmental Program.
Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include citizens and governments in more than 195 countries.
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. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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