Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $2.2 Million for Water and Wastewater Improvements for Echo

Sep 14, 2016

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Collin Peterson, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the City of Echo a loan of $1,162,000 and a grant of $1,121,000 for water and wastewater improvements. The funds will be used to assist in providing necessary improvements to their sanitary sewer collection lines, water distribution system, and water tower.  

“Investing in public health not only creates job but it also lays the groundwork for economic growth,” Klobuchar said. “This investment will benefit the citizens of Echo for years to come.”

“Upgrading our infrastructure strengthens our economy and improves public health,” Franken said. “And that’s especially true for our communities in Greater Minnesota. This year, during my 'Rural Infrastructure Listening Tour,’ I’ve heard from rural communities across Minnesota about the need to invest in improvements to water and wastewater systems. I'm pleased that Echo will receive this new support to do just that.”

“Investing in our communities ensures they stay strong for years to come,” Peterson said. “This funding will provide Echo with the necessary resources to make important infrastructure improvements that will benefit the local community.”

This investment is made through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides assistance and financing to develop drinking water and waste disposal systems for communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.