USDA Rural Development West Virginia State Director joined with local officials and residents today in the Town of Reedy to break ground on a water system improvement project. The Town of Reedy is the recipient of loan and grant funds from USDA Rural Development totaling $330,000 to support these improvements.
The Town of Reedy’s water system provides service to approximately 121 customers in the communities of Reedy and Billings in Roane County. The current project consists of repainting an existing water storage tank, grading and installation of stone on the existing access road, construction of a security fence, and making miscellaneous repairs such as base metal patching, tank cleaning, and altitude valve work. Plans also involve repairs to the existing pressure reducing valves and the replacement of a portion of existing waterlines that have reached the end of their service life.
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis said, “This project will provide a continued safe and reliable source of water for the residents of this community and we are very excited to be a part of it. Investing in infrastructure keeps the economy moving, spurs innovation and promotes the livability of rural communities.” He went on to say, “Today, we celebrate not only the breaking of ground for this project, but also the hard work and determination of everyone associated with the Town of Reedy and the residents of this community.”
Mr. Lewis went on to add, “In Fiscal Year 2014, USDA Rural Development invested more than $331 million to improve housing conditions, build and improve infrastructure and create and retain jobs in rural communities across West Virginia. It’s projects like this one that brings our agency one step closer to our goal of improving the quality of life for rural residents across the State.”
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
Further information on USDA Rural Development may be obtained by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov. In West Virginia, call 1-800-295-8228 to be put in touch with the appropriate personnel serving your county. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 (voice and TDD).