LEAMINGTON, Utah., April 19, 2023 – Today, in recognition of Earth Week 2023, USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Michele Weaver announced the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $1 million to make critical water infrastructure improvements in Leamington, Utah.
“Like many areas throughout Utah, the community of Leamington has been adversely impacted by the effects of climate change. Decades of drought conditions have led to wildfires and other natural climate driven disasters”, Weaver said. “Safe drinking water is critical to families health and USDA Rural Development is proud to invest in vital infrastructure within Utah’s rural communities.”
Today’s announcement is made at Leamington Town Hall, where Weaver joined Mayor Russ Finlinson and Daniel Hawley, of Jones and DeMille Engineering to break ground on the project.
Leamington is a small farming community in Millard County which depends on natural springs and a well to provide clean drinking water. Recent fire and prolonged drought conditions damaged the water system and exposed it to contaminants. This investment will allow the town to replace the well, construct a new well house and secure clean water for residents.
This project is funded through USDA Rural Development’s Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant, which helps eligible communities prepare or recover from an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans 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, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ut.
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