TACNA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is investing more than $ 7 million to improve rural water infrastructure. The Yuma County Improvement District in southwestern Arizona receives a loan of nearly half a million dollars and a grant of $ 4.3 million from the USDA.
This involves developing and building a new water treatment and distribution system for the rural community of Tacna.
The current Tacna system is over 40 years old and the community has been dealing with high arsenic levels since 2011.
Yuma County Grants Administrator Diana Veloz says, “The system that exists now is the one that has all the problems. And that’s why we did a study there and it turned out to be the best thing for the residents. In fact, it was to build a new water treatment facility there.
This project will remove and replace aging and low capacity piping in the system. Plans also include relocating a water storage tank and groundwater well away from the residential area.
“Many of these residents bring water from different regions. So with this new water supply system, they will no longer need to call on water from other sources, that water will be treated. It will be pure and they will be able to drink this water from their tap. said Veloz.
The water treatment and distribution system will provide 672 residents with access to safe and reliable drinking water. It is expected to start in spring 2022 and end by the end of next year.
“Once that design phase is done and we have the plans and we start the tendering process, you know you have to go out with a contractor, so definitely we’ll send out notices that we will. start the project ”Veloz explained.
CBS 13 spoke to several residents and business owners. The Chevron gas station manager just can’t wait for the improvements. Many also said that the city‘s water cut from time to time without warning.