August 29, 2002

USDA Approves $1.5 Million Funding For Scotland County Rural Water Project

U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) announced on August 26 that the Scotland County Rural Water District is receiving a $693,000 loan and an $850,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. The grant money will be used to build a new water tower and pump station as well as install new water lines in Scotland County.

"These projects will improve quality of life for the residents of Scotland County," said Hulshof. "All Missourians should have access to a good, dependable water supply. I applaud city officials for pursuing this worthwhile project."

The infrastructure project will provide water to the 1,205 customers in the water district. The proposed project will connect the Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 to the Rathburn Regional Water Association.

"We've been working on this for quite a while - to come up with another source of water," said Bill Camp, of the Scotland County Rural Water District. "It's going to give the residents of Scotland County more water and it will take some of the pressure off the city of Memphis to deliver water to the rural residents. It will improve the water supply as far as water availability."

Scotland County officials hope to accept bids for construction by the end of the year.

According to U.S. Senator Kit Bond the USDA awarded more than $7 million in funds for rural Missouri water and waste disposal needs. The Scotland County funding package was the largest granted among the nine recipients announced August 26 by Senator Bond.

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