Tampico, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced more than $2.5 million in funding from the USDA’s Rural Development program for the Village of Tampico. Specifically, this announcement is for a $1,560,000 loan and a $1,000,000 grant to improve water treatment facilities in the community.
This Rural Development Investment will be used to replace 2.47 miles of water main line for the Village of Tampico. The existing water lines do not provide adequate pressure for the residents or when flushing the system. The existing lines have reached the end of their useful life and are made of transite (asbestos cement). The installation of the new water main lines will alleviate health and sanitary issues and support water flow. This project will provide potable water to approximately 790 residents in the Village.
“With an aging drinking water infrastructure, it’s more important than ever to make the necessary investments to protect our communities, that’s why I’m proud to announce more than $2.5 million for the Village of Tampico,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “These job-creating Rural Development programs give small towns like Tampico an opportunity to grow and succeed. As a proud champion of rural America, I will continue to fight hard to ensure these rural development dollars are secured in a final version of the Farm Bill.”
“USDA Rural Development knows that reliable infrastructure is a necessity — not an amenity — for any community to thrive,” said Douglas Wilson, USDA Rural Development Director, IL. “When we address this need, many other challenges in rural places become much more manageable.”
A member of the House Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees in the House, Congresswoman Bustos is serving on the Farm Bill Conference Committee that will negotiate the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House version, which passed with no Democratic votes, had a number of objectionable measures, including zeroing out funding for the USDA’s Rural Development program. The Senate version of the Farm Bill did not include this cut, and Congresswoman Bustos will be fighting to protect funding for programs like this.