Rural Water Projects Get Funds for Improvements

Osage, Anderson counties get funds from stimulus package.

Published on: Jun 18, 2009
Two Kansas rural water projects have been selected to receive federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Together, the projects total more than $5.4 million.

Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12, Osage County will receive a $2,215,000 loan and $2,085,000 grant to replace eight miles of distribution line between the City of Waverly and the District's connection to Rural Water District #4 in Anderson County.  In addition, the district will construct a new 1.0 million gallon storage tank, expand and improve a water treatment plant to add production capability and ensure compliance with the latest Safe Drinking Water Act, and construct a second raw water intake structure to provide additional capacity. Agency funding will be leveraged with an applicant contribution of $500,000.

These projects will provide a sufficient quantity and safe drinking water to 7 rural towns and 3 Rural Water Districts in Kansas, with 72 jobs created or saved.

Rural Water District #4, Pottawatomie County will receive a $645,000 loan and $487,000 grant to install 6 miles of water line, construct a 50,000 gallon ground water storage tank, install a pre-filter system within the District's water treatment plant in order to remove a large portion of the iron bacteria before the water enters the Reverse Osmosis treatment system, and replace 20 customer meters. 

The District benefits approximately 490 rural connections and 3 wholesale customers.  These projects will create or save 19 jobs.

Acting State Director Buckman commented, "USDA Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Program helps communities keep pace with the needs of their citizens to ensure Kansas residents have access to a clean, safe and reliable water source.  This important program promotes the economic growth of the whole area, supports new jobs for the region and enhances the quality of life for the residents."

Previously announced American Recovery and Reinvestment Act water projects for Kansas were The City of Atwood that received $3,066,000 and Rural Water District #1 in Crawford County which received $1,804,000.

USDA Rural Development's Water and Environmental Program provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas. For additional information regarding USDA Rural Development and its programs, log onto the Agency's website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ks or call the USDA Rural Development state office at 785-271-2700.