published on August 3, 2018 - 1:43 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will invest more than $5 million in two Tulare County communities to upgrade water systems.

The announcement came during a roundtable discussion in Pixley Friday with rural development officials.

Pixley Public Utilities District will receive a $1.7 million loan and a $1.8 million grant to repair its antiquated well system and install a new well. The current infrastructure was built in the late 1940s and could not adequately serve their more than 3,000 residents. The District will also construct new sections of the water main to connect the water source wells and improve distribution capability.

Poplar Community Services District will receive a $499,000 loan and a $1.3 million grant to replace one of its wells, which will modernize the water system to adequately serve their community, according to the USDA.

Improvements to the site will include fencing and site surfacing. The well will also be furnished with a standby generator to address power service issues during serving utility outages. The district serves 2,470 residents.

Poplar and Pixley have infrastructure needs that are echoed across California’s communities, and addressing those needs is vital to rural prosperity,” said Kim Dolbow Vann, director of USDA Rural Development for California. “We are committed to these partnerships to assist with infrastructure upgrades and advancements to enhance rural quality of life.”

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