PHOENIX, ARIZ., Aug. 3, 2020 – Arizona State Director Jack Smith today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $7.4 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in rural Arizona towns and cities.
"This investment in two Arizona water systems reflect how Rural Development can assist our rural communities in achieving safe and plentiful water supplies," Smith said. “This is another example of the Trump Administrations commitment to ensure reliable infrastructure in rural communities. Rural Development stands ready to help communities across the state with our water and environmental programs."
USDA is funding 2 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will benefit hundreds of rural Arizona residents.
- Walden Meadows Community Co-op will use a $1.6 million loan and $1.9 million grant to make upgrades to the existing aging water system, equipment, and service, and bring the system up to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality standards. The project will adopt all existing water truck customers, to metered customers, thereby eliminating the need for water truck delivery. The project will also accommodate future development and growth for a project planning of 20 years. The project includes replacing and extending 32,800 feet of waterline, additional air relief, pressure relief and blow off valves, electrical improvements at the booster pump stations for the water system, acquisition of the adjacent water system (Acme Water), and refinance debt.
- Oak Creek Water Company No. 1 will use a $2.3 million loan and a $1.5 million grant to replace and extend water lines, service lines including valves and hydrants, rehabilitate four existing water storage tanks, install arsenic treatment systems at well sites, replace meters for this public water system, and refinance debt. The arsenic levels in the water supply have exceeded the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality allowable levels. Most of the system has been in existence since 1953 and age has begun to render several valves, fire hydrants, curb stops, and meters inoperable.
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/Il.
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