(INDIANAPOLIS) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural
Development Indiana State Director Michael Dora today announced that USDA Rural Development is investing $10,045,000 to renovate, improve and provide additional financing for four Indiana communities.
“USDA is a key partner in assisting rural communities to thrive,” Dora said. “The investments announced today are crucial to increasing the quality of life for our rural residents who are the staple of our economy.”
The town of Laurel, Ind. in Franklin County is receiving a $201,000 loan and $457,000 grant to improve their wastewater treatment plant.
Improvements will remove current sanctions related to e-Coli and chloride limits. This project will increase the reliability of the water treatment process and improve water quality for 512 residents at a reasonable rate for rural Franklin County, Ind. Laurel also received a Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households grant of $30,000 to complete the engineering and environmental reports for this investment project.
The city of Boonville, Ind. is receiving a $3,657,000 million loan and a $629,000 grant to renovate and improve their water utility system for the Boonville Water Utility service area. A new well will be installed within their existing well field, along with some meters and other targeted installation. Solar panels will be added to their existing well field and treatment plant and meters within the system will be replaced.
Construction of a booster station will address their north system needs.
This project will improve the quality of water to Boonville, rural
customers in Boon Township and Hart Township where service is provided.