USDA Announces Completion of 500th Recovery Act Water ProjectTue, 27 Aug 2013 12:13:56 CDT
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the completion of the 500th water and wastewater project funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The announcement was made on the Secretary's behalf in Lead Hill, Ark., by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator John Padalino.
"I am proud to celebrate this important milestone," Padalino said. "The Recovery Act has brought improved water and wastewater services to nearly 1.7 million rural residents. These projects have created jobs, stimulated local economies and helped ensure that rural residents have the modern, up-to-date infrastructure that rural communities need so they can continue to be great places in which to live and work."
Padalino made his remarks at the Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority Treatment Plant in Lead Hill, Ark. The plant received $62 million in USDA Recovery Act funds to construct 120 miles of water pipeline, nine pumping stations and six elevated water tanks in rural northwest Arkansas.
In addition to the USDA funding, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission provided nearly $10 million for the project. It serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses.
Padalino said that programs like the one that funded the Ozark Mountain Treatment Plant would not be available without a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. He urged members of Congress to work quickly to approve this crucial legislation when they return to Washington.
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