Kustoff Announces USDA Investment in Henry, Tipton, and Crockett Counties
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08), announced the USDA will invest $13,729,000 in loans and $2,826,000 in grants to Crocket, Tipton, and Henry County. This money will go towards upgrading water lines, upgrading the wastewater collection system and treatment plant in Paris, and making the Tipton distribution system more fail-safe and well operations more energy efficient.
“This money is great news and shows our administration is looking out for West Tennessee,” said Rep. Kustoff. “Updating our water programs will ensure safer drinking water for all and improved and energy efficient water operations for our communities. I would like to thank the USDA for these investments. They will help revitalize our counties and contribute to our local economy.”
This Rural Development investment will be used to upgrade the wastewater collection system and treatment plant for the city of Paris. The modifications to the wastewater treatment plant after the improvements will include the conversion of the holding pond into an Equalization Basin, an equipment upgrade, and installation of fine screen as part of the Phase 2 Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements project. The project also will rehabilitate the collection system at the Clifty Creek sub-basin and replace approximately 7,000 linear feet of the Jones Bend Trunk Sewer.
This Rural Development investment will be used to make the distribution system more fail-safe and make well operations more energy efficient. PGUD experienced a flood event that caused a major disruption to the District's ability to serve the west side with water. The flood caused scouring of Big Creek, which exposed the 20- inch main that feeds the west side. This is the only main feeding on the west side. Customers were required to boil water for approximately two and a half days. It should be noted that this repair was done under duress and may not be up to construction standards expected under normal conditions. A proposal to install a new 20-inch water main to feed the west side of the system is necessary to meet the needs of the District
This Rural Development investment will be used to replace approximately ten miles of existing water lines. The lines in question have suffered numerous failures over the last 12 months. These failures result in an unreliable and unsafe drinking water supply to the customers affected.