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A Mississippi Tribe Upgrades Water Quality with USDA Support

Posted by Megan Pittman, Public Information Officer, USDA Rural Development in Conservation
Jul 18, 2012
State Director Trina George (left) and Chief Anderson in front of a picture of the health center building.

Trina N. George, Mississippi State Director for USDA Rural Development and Phyliss Anderson, Chief for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians held a Photo Op on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in Choctaw, Miss., to commemorate USDA Rural Developments $1 million grant award to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The Tribe will use the funds for water and sewer upgrades to the Pearl River Community and the Health Center Development.

The need for the project arose because the Tribe lacked the basic sewer services and water pressures to adequately serve the Pearl River Community and the new Health Center Development. To solve the problem the Tribe proposes to extend the sewer to the Pearl River Community and Health Center with a new duplex pump station, 10,000 linear feet of force main, 2000 linear feet of sewer main, and a generator. In addition to the sewer extension, the Tribe proposes to increase the pressure to the Pearl River Community Health Center with upgraded water pipe. The contract for the project was awarded and preconstruction began on June 21, 2012.

The project was funded through the USDA Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) Native American Grant. Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for assistance. WEP also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems. Every effort is made to identify and fund the neediest projects.

“The grant represents USDA's ongoing commitment to strengthen Tribes, Tribal businesses and Tribal governments and ensure that members of Tribes have the tools they need to expand economic opportunities and improve their quality of life,” said George. Rural Development has a strong relationship with the Tribe and has awarded similar projects in the past.

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Category/Topic: Conservation