The Ottumwa Courier

July 3, 2013

Bloomfield awarded $2 million for water assistance

Ottumwa Courier

BLOOMFIELD — The city of Bloomfield has been awarded $2 million in federal funding for water assistance.

The city will receive a $500,000 grant and a $1.5 million loan to finance a connection fee for emergency connection to the Rathbun Regional Water Association. The financing comes from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

"There is nothing more important than the safety and health of our families and communities," said U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa City, in the announcement. "Access to safe drinking water is critical to families and the entire city of Bloomfield. This financing will provide emergency access to the Rathbun water supply and is critically needed to quickly shore up the city’s drinking water supply. I look forward to the rapid use of this financing to move this project forward as quickly as possible."

The grant awarded to the city comes through the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant program.  These grants assist rural communities that have experienced, or are about to experience, a significant decline in the quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency to help them obtain or maintain adequate quantities of safe drinking water.  Together, the grant and loan awarded to the city will cover the total cost of the project.