News Release 285

Osage County Public Water Supply District No. 3 receives nearly $1.4 million for drinking water improvements

Volume 39-285 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 18, 2011 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Director Sara Parker Pauley announced a grant and loan totaling close to $1.4 million to the Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Osage County will help increase drinking water capacity for future customers.

The department issued a $693,000 grant and a $693,000 low-interest loan to the district. The funding will benefit the district and its customers both economically and environmentally.

"Economic growth can only take place where there is sufficient infrastructure to support it," said Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Department of Natural Resources. "The existing infrastructure is reaching its maximum capacity. Through the department’s funding efforts, the district will be able to upgrade its facility and continue to grow and expand for the future."

The district will use the grant and loan to add a new well capable of producing 350 gallons per minute, a new 250,000 gallon elevated storage tank, and new water lines to connect the new well and tank. The project is estimated to cost nearly $1.4 million and is expected to be completed in April 2012.

Funding for the grant and loan comes from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The fund provides significant funding to assist communities with their drinking water infrastructure needs. A portion of the funding will be targeted toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmentally innovative projects. This funding will help the district protect its customers and the environment by making necessary drinking water improvements.

The Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program will administer the grant and loan funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities to assist with funding efforts that support water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects as well as provide a financial savings.

For more information contact the department’s Water Protection Program, Financial Assistance Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192 or visit the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/srf.

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