The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to invest millions in the Bouse Domestic Water Improvement District, according to a letter from the agency to the La Paz County Board of Supervisors.
The investment will use a $400,000 loan and a $2,985,000 grant to make improvements that will being it up to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality standards.
“The undersized water lines will be replaced, system will be upgraded with drive-by meters, a water treatment system will be installed for arsenic removal, an operations building added, both a new well and a 70,000 gallon water storage tank will be developed, and other appurtenances necessary to bring the aged system up to modern standards,” the letter reads.
“This is great news for rural Arizona,” said the USDA’s Rural Development Arizona State Director Jack Smith. “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, making our rural communities even more attractive to live and work. When rural Arizona prospers, all of Arizona prospers.”
The news can be expected to provide some local jobs too.
“Congratulations to the Bouse Domestic Water Improvement District!” said District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor in an email to Parker Live.