Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Applauds $7.8M for Water Improvements

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

Contact
Myung Oak Kim, 303-947-5708, Myung.kim@state.co.us


GOV. RITTER APPLAUDS $7.8 MILLION FOR WATER IMPROVEMENTS IN MESA COUNTY

Gov. Bill Ritter today praised the announcement that the town of Palisade in Mesa County was awarded $7.8 million in funds for wastewater system improvements. This was one of 34 projects in 24 states that were awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The Recovery Act is meeting a huge need in Colorado by funding critical water infrastructure projects that we haven’t been able to fund,” Gov. Ritter said. “Now, Palisade can move forward with this large-scale project that will improve the quality of life for its residents.”

“This latest award adds to more than $60 million in Recovery Act funds already being spent across Colorado for water system improvements that will benefit thousands of families.”

The Town of Palisade was awarded a $3,992,000 loan and a $3,808,000 grant through the USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. This program distributes loans and grants to rural communities to improve water and wastewater infrastructure so that residents have safe drinking water and their environment is protected.

Colorado expects to receive at least $7.1 billion in Recovery Act funds over the next year or so. More information can be found at www.colorado.gov/recovery

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