Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager Observes Earth Day by Announcing Water System Funding in Rural Colorado
Written by Amy Mund, Public Information Coordinator USDA Rural Development-Colorado
Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager joined Colorado Rural Development State Director Jim Isgar in Woodland Park earlier this week to celebrate Earth Day. Tranquil Acres Water Supply, a small rural community of 60 users received $564,700 in USDA water and environmental program loan and grant funding to help repair existing water lines and to upgrade the system. The entity has been facing severe reliability issues for several years because the original system was placed too shallow for the area. Several board members attended as well as representatives from Senator Udall and Senator Bennet’s offices.
Homeowners present at the event noted they are excited that once the system is operational, they will not have leaking, freezing pipes to deal with and others will have the opportunity to hook up to the system. The entity hopes to break ground in July 2010.
Pictured (left to right) is John Dover, honorary utility board member, Ron Weien, Board President and Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager.