Earth Day is one of our favorite days at USDA Rural Development because we get to showcase the important work that we do to improve water quality for millions of rural Americans. As a part of our Earth Day Celebration this year, USDA Rural Development is announcing 43 projects that will bring new and improved water and waste disposal service to rural communities in 32 states.
For example, one of the projects we’re announcing is in Texas. Buffalo Gap, a rural community outside of Abilene will construct a first-ever wastewater collection system. The community currently is all-septic. The funds will allow construction of sewer lines, manholes, lift station and cleanouts. The system will collect sewage and pump it to Abilene’s wastewater treatment plant. This is just one example of a small community doing big things to help its residents this Earth Day.
Another project being announced today will relocate and upgrade the wastewater treatment facility in Richland Center, Wisconsin. This project will move the treatment facility from downtown to a location 5 miles outside of the city limits.
We are also announcing a project in The Borough of Clayton, New Jersey. Today’s Earth Day celebration marks the continuation of USDA-supported efforts to improve the quality of water provided in the community.