USDA Rural Development Funding Totaling $4 Million Assists with New Water Treatment Plant in Lyon County

Darin Leach
Des Moines
Release Date
Jun 03, 2015

The public is invited to an open house event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 15th for the new water treatment plant located outside the City of George in Lyon County. The event will take place at 4085 215th Street, just east of the city.

USDA Rural Development assisted with this water treatment project by providing a total of $4,094,000 in loan and grant funds through its Water and Environmental Programs. This program provides funding to assist with systems for clean and reliable drinking, sanitary sewage disposal and storm water drainage to homes and businesses in rural communities and areas.

“Having reliable, clean and safe water is essential for any community and rural area to thrive and grow,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “Through our Water and Environmental Programs we have provided $24 million in loan and grant funding in the past year to assist more than 20 water- or waste-water-improvement projects all around the state.”

USDA Rural Development funds were used by Lyon & Sioux Rural Water System, Inc. to construct a new water treatment plant at their well field outside of George and make other water system improvements for their customers in the area.  The quality of the water supply in the area was diminished as a result of the extreme drought conditions in 2012.  Approximately 1,800 rural residents and businesses will benefit from the new water supply.

“At USDA Rural Development we make strategic investments in rural communities to help develop a wide variety of essential facilities and services to enhance the quality of life for rural residents,” Menner added. “Let us know how we can help you foster sustainable economic prosperity through a partnership for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.”

USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $3 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,000 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

Contact USDA Rural Development
Residents, businesses and communities in Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury Counties are served by the USDA Rural Development office in Le Mars. For more information please call (712) 546-5149 ext. 4 or visit

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities.  Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

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.