Earth Day bring money to a hard-hit Central Valley area
April 22, 2013
• USDA approves grant and loan to rural water district
• “It is critical that communities across the country have reliable, clean and safe water”
The Planada Community Services District in Merced County is getting more than $4.8 million in a federal grant and a loan to improve its wastewater treatment system.
It’s the only California location to share in some $145 million to improve water and sewer systems in rural areas being announced on Earth Day by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In all, 43 water and wastewater projects in 32 states are being funded.
Planada’s money consists of $2,597,000 as a grant and $2,211,000 as a loan.
"At USDA, we believe it is critical that communities across the country have reliable, clean and safe water," says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Planada has been hit with fines from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for lack of adequate treatment of its wastewater, which has been discharged into a creek.