USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul and City of Atkinson officials toured the new lift station and mechanical treatment plant today.
“This project not only ensures quality drinking water but also makes sure sanitary water conditions meet regulatory requirements,” said Moul
“Due to the change in regulations, the Wastewater Treatment Plant did not meet compliance. We are grateful to USDA for the grant/loan to build the new Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said Mayor Paul Corkle, City of Atkinson.
Rural Development funds of more than $2.6 million and grant funds of $1 million were used to correct inadequacies with the city’s current wastewater disposal system by constructing a new lift station and mechanical treatment plant. The existing system outlived its design life and was anticipated to exceed E. Coli and ammonia limits in the proposed 2012 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
The project was funded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program of the USDA Rural Development For more information contact Roberta Mues at 308-237-3118 ext.1128. To find the nearest Rural Development contact for you in Nebraska visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NE-Contact.html.
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2013. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
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.