Keeping clean water flowing – Water system improvements completed

Central Valley Mayor Kim Peterson, left, and Marie Wheat, director of the USDA Rural Development Office of External Affairs, tour a new chlorinator building July 1.

CENTRAL VALLEY — A culinary water project will allow for quality water delivery to the town of Central Valley for decades to come. 

The project, approximately $800,000 in all, allowed the town to refurbish two wells and add a chlorinator.

“We had a couple of questionable tests come out of the Meacham Spring,” said Central Valley Mayor Kim Peterson. He said the tests spurred town officials to pursue upgrading the town’s water system. 

The spring was completely redeveloped, and the pump put at a lower depth. The town’s other well was also deepened, and the mechanical portions of both wells were overhauled and upgraded.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve done this much work on our water system,” Peterson said. One of the town’s wells was developed in the 1970s. The Meacham Spring Well was originally developed in the 1940s, and upgraded in the 1960s. 

“They were both showing their age,” Peterson said. He said the upgrades will not only help ensure the delivery of clean water, but will also address some of the pressure being put on the system by Central Valley’s growth.

The project was completed through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. 

“It’s been nice to have them here,” Peterson said. The USDA funding package made the project a reality.

The project was funded through the USDA’s water and waste disposal loan and grant program. 

Rural communities, water districts and other entities can use funds for drinking water, storm water drainage and waste disposal systems in towns with populations of 10,000 or less. 

USDA Rural Development also provides assistance in the form of grants and loans for infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities for schools, public safety and healthcare. It also has programs designed to help expand economic opportunities and employment in rural areas.

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