USDA investing in water systems for Edison, Edgar


    USDA announced plans to invest $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans across 46 states.

    The report released Tuesday shows that two Nebraska communities will receive funding for improvements.

    City of Edgar will receive a $981,000 loan and $2,296,000 in grant funding to improve the water system in the city.

    The city has 224 residential and 19 commercial users on the water system that the USDA said is dangerously high in nitrates. The proposed project will construct a transmission main to interconnect Edgar to the nearby city of Fairfield. Fairfield's wellfield lies in a natural drainage area surrounded by unfarmed ground, so nitrates remain low. The project will ensure a safe water source for Edgar and help spread the costs associated with operating a water system over more users.

    The project came to fruition after many discussions between the two neighboring towns.

    The Village of Edison will receive a $100,000 loan for an urgent replacement of the lift station which has surpassed its useful life. The infrastructure improvement will eliminate health concerns and allow the village to efficiently provide wastewater services to its 133 residents. The village previously received funding in the form of a USDA Direct loan to the village of Edison for $206,000.

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