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USDA Rural Development Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of $40 Million Investment in City of Yerington, Largest Investment in Agency's State History

Teja Dusanapudi
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YERINGTON, Nev., Nov. 6, 2023 -- USDA Rural Development Nevada State Director Lucas Ingvoldstad last week celebrated the ribbon cutting of the City of Yerington’s new water and sewer system. This new infrastructure was funded primarily by an investment from USDA Rural Development Nevada of over $40 million. This investment was over three times the agency’s annual state allotment and is the largest linear investment in the agency’s state history. The City of Yerington, the site of this investment, is also within Lyon County, a Rural Partners Network Community.

“The completion of this project is a historic milestone for USDA Rural Development in Nevada,” said Ingvoldstad. “As the only federal agency focused on rural prosperity, our priority is to ensure that rural communities have the resources they need to thrive, no matter the cost. I’m proud to announce that through the partnerships between USDA Rural Development, the City of Yerington, DOWL, and the Yerington Paiute Tribe, rural Nevadans in Yerington will have access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal for decades to come. The Biden-Harris Administration understands how important modern infrastructure is in supporting economic and environmental resilience and remains committed to investing in rural communities.”

The City of Yerington's water system was originally constructed in the 1930s. Numerous breaks and maintenance issues proved the system had exceeded its useful life, with over 105,000 feet of sewer mains recommended for replacement. It was estimated the city was losing 26 percent of its water due to leaks and breaks and had an inadequate fire flow for emergency response. The new water and sewer system will ensure that over 1000 existing customers from the City of Yerington and the Yerington Paiute Tribe will have clean and reliable access to water and waste disposal.

This investment was funded by USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs, the only federal program that supports water and waste infrastructure in rural communities with populations under 10,000. To learn more about Water and Environmental Programs and whether you qualify, please use the following link: Water & Environmental Programs | Rural Development (usda.gov)

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Nevadans 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/nv.

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