At last week's check presentation for Texas County Public Water Supply District No. 2 were, from left: Mark Dethrow, area specialist, USDA Rural Development-Houston; Sue Coney, clerk; Kent Swearengin, president of board of directors of the water district; Janie Dunning, Missouri state director, USDA rural development-Columbia; Mark Hultgren, Area 5 director, USDA Rural Development-Springfield; Heather Peugh, district director for Rep. Jo Ann Emerson; Hollie Elliott, field representative for Sen. Kit Bond; and David Rauch, district director for Sen. Claire McCaskill.

The Texas County Public Water Supply District No. 2 received funds last week to install new water lines for 553 water district customers between Houston and Licking.

Janie Dunning, state director for USDA Rural Development, presented a mock check of $629,000. It will be combined with the water district’s contribution of $180,000.

“Adequate infrastructure is essential to the quality of life enjoyed by the people living in Texas County,” said Sen. Kit Bond. “I commend county and local leaders for their efforts to secure these funds. Because of their hard work, new waterlines, which are critical to the continued health and safety of the people living in the area, will be installed.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill said having access to clean water is one of the most basic rights as an individual.

“I am pleased these federal funds are available to Texas County to help install new water lines and improve the transport of clean water to its citizens,” McCaskill said.

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson congratulated the stakeholders who have worked to secure the funding.

“Investments in our rural water infrastructure mean a tremendous return on the quality of water and sewer services available to Missourians, but they are extremely expensive,” Emerson said. “I am very glad that USDA Rural Development is lending support to make this project a reality.”

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