USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin announced funding today for the City of Wells to relocate existing water and wastewater system infrastructure.
“Rural Development is pleased to offer funding to the City of Wells,” said Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development Texas State Director. “Not only will it provide a crucial component in the completion of a Hurricane Evacuation Route that serves Wells and up to one third of the population of Texas; it also assists the City in providing uninterrupted service to their water and sewer customers.”
USDA Rural Development has approved a Water and Waste Disposal grant of $1,381,000 and loan of $1,699,000 to the City of Wells to primarily relocate existing water and wastewater system infrastructure in advance of a major Texas Department of Transportation highway improvement and widening project. This improvement is necessary to provide adequate traffic flow for the Hurricane Evacuation Route along US Highway 69.
In Fiscal Year 2014, $14.9 million in loan and grant assistance was distributed throughout rural Texas to provide improved water and wastewater systems. The USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Program is designed to bring fresh, clean drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound sewage facilities to rural residents.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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. For information on this and other USDA Rural Development programs in Texas, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/TXHome.html.