Richland Center, Wis., Aug 13, 2014 -- Contact: Kelly Edwards | (715) 701.2741 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Richland Center Breaks Ground on New Replacement Water Treatment Plant
City Receives $22.2 Million from USDA Rural Development for the project
RICHLAND CENTER, WI – August 13, 2014- - - Having reliable wastewater treatment and the ability to protect groundwater will soon become a reality for the residents of Richland Center, Wis., thanks to the new wastewater treatment plant.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski, joined city officials and local leaders today at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the commencement of construction of the facility, today.
“Aging water and waste infrastructure systems threaten the ability of rural communities to provide clean, reliable drinking water to residents and protect precious environmental resources.” said Stan Gruszynski, USDA Rural Development Wisconsin State Director. “Having clean water to drink shouldn’t be a privilege, but a right of every resident of Wisconsin. We are pleased to be a part of projects such as this, which are vital to the sustainability of our rural communities and allow our rural residents a safer, cleaner living environment.”
The City has been experiencing issues with ground water contamination and air pollution as the current facility is located in a confined area in the downtown district.
The facility was originally constructed in 1939 and updated in 1974. Due to age, many components of the facility have exceeded the useful service life and fails to meet current electrical; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning code requirements.
USDA Rural Development provided a Water and Environmental direct loan of $15,743,000 and grant of $6,457,000 to finance the improvements and the construction of the new facility and administrative building at a new remote location.
These upgrades will ensure the prevention of contamination to the area groundwater, improve air quality, enable the city to keep sewer rates affordable, and allow for planned growth of the community.
The Water and Environmental Program provides loans and grants to ensure that necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. During the last year, the agency has assisted nearly 9,000 families and businesses in more than100 communities, investing more than $838 million into rural Wisconsin through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
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. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs visit USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.
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