USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer today announced funding to make essential improvements to the water and wastewater infrastructure in the city of Hazel Run.
“Investing in rural infrastructure results in jobs and economic development opportunities for Greater Minnesota,” said Landkamer. “These funds ensure that Hazel Run residents will have sanitary wastewater treatment well into the future.”
Currently, residents of the city of Hazel Run have individual septic systems for wastewater collection. The majority of these on-site systems are in need of many repairs, creating potential health and environmental safety hazards.
Installation of several individual sewage treatment systems (ISTS) will help make the essential repairs necessary for the city to address the 29 systems discharging sewer in to non-authorized systems.
These upgrades, totaling more than $800,000, began in 2012 with help from a $50,000 direct loan and a $311,000 grant through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Programs. USDA also partnered with the Minnesota Department for Employment and Economic Development (DEED) who provided the city with $132,000 grant through the Wastewater Infrastructure Fund (WIF) and $380,000 through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a Total Maximum Daily Load project.
Today’s funding in the form of a $40,000 Water & Waste Disposal grant will help the City of Hazel Run with unexpected cost overruns and complete the four-year project. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested over $343 million in loans and grants to build or improve over 300 water and wastewater treatment facilities throughout rural Minnesota.
Rural Development also invests in housing, community facilities, rural small businesses, renewable energy and broadband. To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn, or call the area office in Willmar, Minn. at (320) 235-3540, ext. 4.