Carroll, Neb., Apr 23, 2014 -- Nebraska USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul and staff celebrated Earth Day with the Village of Carroll today. The funding of more than $1.1 million for a new Village water system was announced.
Special recognition was given to three students who attend the Wayne Public Schools: Josie Ley, Kindergarten; Danielle Karr, third grade, and Erik Alvarez, sixth grade. They were the winners of a special poster contest for Earth Day, with more than 50 entries. The three students helped plant a shrub, signifying the importance of the use of our land.
“Today's announcement is one part of USDA’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy, said Moul. “Clean, safe drinking water is a priority of USDA Rural Development. We are pleased to assist Carroll with its new water system, a long term investment in vital infrastructure.”
The new system will ensure safe, potable drinking water for the Village. A well will be drilled and a generator will be added for emergency power. A new meter at the exisitng well will provide upgrades to the controls. The Village will replace the storage tank with a 50,000 gallon tank and replace 14 valves and a fire hydrant.
The town of 229 residents currently has one active well. An emergency well was built in 1925 and is past its useful life. The town’s existing storage is a 40,000 gallon elevated storage tank. It no longer meets the State Standard for maintaining 20 pounds per square inch at all times. The distribution serves all residents but the valves and fire hydrants do not work correctly. The water system improvements are necessary to alleviate health issues and the primary purpose of the loan is to upgrade existing facilities to meet the applicable health or sanitary standards.
"It is an honor and privilege the Village of Carroll to be recognized on Earth Day. The Board of Trustees and the residents of the Village of Carroll would like to thank the USDA Rural Development for funding the water tower project," said Mark Tietz, Village Board Chairperson.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day yesterday by announcing record support for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment, including that at Carroll.
“Having reliable, clean and safe water is essential for any community to thrive and grow,” Vilsack said. “I am proud that USDA helps build rural communities from the ground up by supporting water infrastructure projects like these. I am especially proud that we can help communities that are struggling economically and those that have urgent health and safety concerns due to their failing water systems.”
The announcement is USDA’s largest Earth Day investment 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 the week of 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.
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