Sens. Klobuchar, Franken, Rep. Peterson Announce Over $7 Million to Improve Minnesota Rural Water Infrastructure

Sep 18, 2012
Sens. Klobuchar, Franken, Rep. Peterson Announce Over $7 Million to Improve Minnesota Rural Water Infrastructure

Sens. Klobuchar, Franken, Rep. Peterson Announce Over $7 Million to Improve Minnesota's Rural Water Infrastructure

Funds Will Go to Facilities in Raymond, Hanley Falls, Vesta, Backus, Ogilvie

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. [09/18/12]—Today, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep Collin Peterson announced that five communities in Minnesota have been selected to receive USDA Rural Development funding to improve their water and wastewater treatment facilities.

“Rural residents and businesses need access to safe, high quality water,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “This support for local infrastructure will help provide communities with the tools they need to help their economies grow and thrive.”

"Every Minnesotan should have access to clean water, whether they live in a big city or a small town," said Sen. Franken. "These federal dollars will improve the water infrastructure in each of these communities, helping ensure that they can create jobs and grow their economies."

"Making infrastructure investments will give these communities the opportunity to grow and ensure safe wastewater treatment and reliable water sources for area residents,” said Rep. Peterson, who represents Raymond, Hanley Falls, and Vesta.

Specifically, USDA Rural Development has awarded:

  • a $1,974,000 loan and a $1,879,000 grant to the city of Raymond to update the city’s wastewater treatment and collection system;
  • a $379,000 loan and a $93,000 grant to the city of Hanley Falls to make necessary improvements to its sanitary sewer collection and water distribution systems;
  • a $784,000 loan and a $586,000 grant to the city of Vesta to make necessary improvements to its water treatment and distribution system;
  • a $503,000 loan and an $878,000 grant to the city of Backus to regionalize wastewater treatment services with the nearby city of Pine River; and
  • a $157,000 loan and an $87,000 grant to the city of Ogilvie to restore its historically significant water tower.