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3727 Government Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302

Release No.: 12152006-1 Contact: Holly L. Martien, (318) 473-7917

CITY OF JEANERETTE HOSTS GRAND OPENING FOR NEW $4.1 MILLION WATER SYSTEM Congressman Charlie Melancon Joins Jeanerette Officials to Mark the Event JEANERETTE, December 15, 2006 – Community leaders and water system supporters were joined today by Congressman Charlie Melancon and USDA Rural Development State Director Clyde Holloway to celebrate the grand opening of a new water system for the City of Jeanerette. The new water system includes two ground storage tanks, three new water wells, six pressure filters, six softeners, a detention pond, chlorination equipment, and a brine solution tank. The new system will completely replace the existing water system—which was originally constructed in the 1950s. The new water system was funded by $1.8 million in USDA Rural Development loan funds and $2 million in USDA Rural Development grant funds, as well as $230,000 from the City of Jeanerette. “USDA Rural Development offers affordable financing to rural communities for development, improvement, and expansion of rural water systems,” said Clyde C. Holloway, USDA Rural Development State Director. “We are proud to be a part of this project.” USDA Rural Development provides a full range of rural development credit services in rural Louisiana. The USDA Rural Development State Office is located at 3727 Government Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302, and the telephone number is (318) 4737921. There are four area offices located throughout the state to serve Louisiana residents. Further information on USDA Rural Development’s loan and grant programs can be obtained by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at: USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender, provider, and employer. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9140.

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