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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be investing $5.4 million to modernize wastewater infrastructure around Arizona, and a major recipient of those funds will be the Bouse Domestic Water Improvement District. They’ll be receiving a $400,000 loan and a $2.98 million grant to upgrade their system.

The funding will come from USDA’s Rural Development and their Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funds will be used to bring the Bouse water system up to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality standards.

In an e-mail to the Parker Pioneer, La Paz County District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor congratulated the Bouse Water District on receiving the loan and grant.

“The Bouse Water Improvement District board members and committee members have been working on this project now for almost four years and now it's about to come true,” Bouse resident Carl Morgan said on Facebook.

Among the work to be done is replacement of the undersized water lines and a system upgrade with the installation of drive-by meters. New construction will include a treatment system for arsenic removal, an operations building, a new well and a 70,000-gallon water storage tank.

Other recipients around the state include the Tribal Council of Arizona (grants totaling $1.022 million), Berry Utilities, Inc. (grant and loan totaling $953,000), and the Painted Desert Demonstration Project, Inc. (grant for $131,000).

“This is great news for rural Arizona,” USDA Arizona Rural Development Director Jack Smith said in a press release. “Ensuring access to clean water and functional wastewater treatment is necessary for the health and wellbeing of our rural communities and helps to spur economic growth. When rural Arizona prospers, all of Arizona prospers.”

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/az.

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