Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the city of Thurman will receive a grant of $407,000 and a loan of $305,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program for improvements to their waste water and disposal treatment center. Harkin is a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations panel that funds rural development projects.
"This funding is an important investment that will improve and protect water quality and clean drinking water supplies as well as help prevent downstream contamination from wastewater disposal and promote development in the community," said Harkin. " I congratulate the city of Thurman on receiving this competitive funding and look forward to the improvements that it will bring to the community."
Specifically, the funding announced today will be used to construct a new filtration water treatment plant to resolve high and undesirable levels of iron and manganese. In addition, individual water meters will be replaced or repaired where needed, a backup well will be constructed, and minor piping improvements will be made. A new single-cell lagoon will also be constructed to handle backwash from the treatment plant. Approximately 81 existing rural residents and businesses will benefit.