Clay Rural Water increases distribution capacity

Clay Rural Water increases distribution capacity USDA Rural Development State Director Lynn D. Jensen was in Wakonda Dec. 13 to present federal funding to Clay Rural Water System, Inc.

The funding will assist with system improvements and expansion. Area Director Les Boehmer, Rural Development Manager Sherrie Lewis and Rural Development Specialist Jim Rydell also attended the event.

"I'm pleased USDA Rural Development funds will assist Clay Rural Water System, Inc. in improving and extending a valuable resource to its customers," Jensen said. "This project will ensure customers have access to a safe and sanitary water supply."

Clay Rural Water System, Inc. currently provides service in Clay County and portions of Union, Lincoln, Turner and Yankton counties in South Dakota. This project is designed to shore up hydraulics for existing customers adjacent to the city of Vermillion and in the Greenfield Reservoir service area. It includes a small water treatment plant to soften purchased Vermillion water and about 14 miles of eight-inch transmission line from the new plant to the existing Greenfield Reservoir.

Funding for the project includes a USDA Rural Development water and waste loan in the amount of $799,000 at 4.5 percent interest with a repayment period of 40 years and a state contribution of $200,000.

"This project is critical to our future," said Greg Merrigan, system manager for Clay Rural Water System, Inc.. "We have experienced great growth in the southern portion of our distribution system and without this project that growth would come to a halt. We are very appreciative of USDA Rural Development's efforts to allow our system to continue to move forward."

USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure.

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