NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2020 - The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $462 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in rural towns and cities. Tennessee Rural Development State Director Jim Tracy is pleased to announce that $12.9 million in loans and grants will be invested in rural Tennessee.
“Our agency is committed to being a strong partner in addressing rural infrastructure needs to support a more prosperous future in rural communities,” Tracy said. “Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development.”
USDA is funding 161 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will benefit 470,000 residents. The following are examples of projects being funded in Tennessee.
- Bedford County Utility District will use a $4.5 million loan to make improvements to the Bedford County Utility District water system. Improvements will consist of the installation of ten-inch diameter transmission line and six-inch and eight-inch diameter water lines. Upgrading the pumping capacity will allow the District to deliver sufficient water to the growing customer base. Also, upgrades to the water treatment plant to meet more stringent drinking water standards.
- Pleasant View Utility District will use a $3.4 million loan to construct approximately 17,500 linear feet of ten-inch force main between the Cheatham County High School and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Additionally, Pleasant View Utility District will purchase property adjacent to the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant and develop the property to add approximately 272,000 gallons per day of drip irrigation area. The projected is needed to accommodate the rapid growth of the service area.
- Crockett Mills Utility District will use a $1.4 million loan and $528,000 grant to upgrade the high service pumps, clean and service the raw water wells, and perform maintenance in the aerator at the Water Treatment Plant. In the distribution system the old four-inch asbestos cement pipe will be replaced with new four-inch polyvinyl chloride pipe and the old water meters will be upgraded to new Automated Read Meters.
- Big Creek Utility District will use a $300,000 loan to replace six-inch water line on State Routes 108 and 399 with a 12-inch ductile iron water line installed by open cut, along with the replacement of service lines and reconnection of service meters. The goal of this rehabilitation project is to reduce water loss, meet required maintenance, energy, increase pressure, and to decommission two existing water tanks. It is believed that this project will ultimately lead to greater efficiency within the water system, and a higher level of service to customers.
- Old Gainesboro Road Utility District will use a $2.8 million loan to construct an additional 16-inch transmission main to support the southern side of Old Gainesboro Road Utility District's service area. This line will provide additional volume and pressure to the system as well as create a backup main to allow repairs to the original main. Furthermore, this project will allow the Utility District to continue to service this growing area.
The investments that USDA announced today are being made in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
To learn more about investment resources for rural areas, interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/tn.
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