USDA Rural Development Community Programs Director in Kansas, Sháne Hastings, attended the Sumner County Rural Water District No. 5 Open House near Milton. USDA Rural Development provided $3.447 million in financing to improve water quality and quantity to residents in Sumner County.
Sumner County Rural Water District No. 5 utilized USDA funding to construct a water treatment plant that can treat up to 400 gallons of water per minute, install 45,000 linear feet of water transmission lines, and construct a 150,000 gallon elevated water storage tank. Two new wells were developed to provide the district with adequate water. The water district serves approximately 370 rural households in north-central Sumner County.
“USDA Rural Development is committed to helping ensure that rural Kansans have access to affordable, safe drinking water,” said Hastings. “The agency continues to provide leadership and financial assistance to rural communities that are looking to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.”
USDA Rural Development’s Water & Environmental Programs help very small, financially distressed rural communities extend and improve water and waste treatment facilities that serve local households and businesses. Good practices can save tax dollars, improve the natural environment, and help manufacturers and businesses to locate or expand operations.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $210.5 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.