The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the northern Nebraska town of Atkinson $2.5 million for sewer construction.
The loan and grant will help the city build a new lift station and mechanical treatment plant. Agency officials say the system will provide the city a safe and sanitary sewer system.
Officials say the current system has outlived its design life and will exceed E. coli and ammonia limits in the proposed 2012 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
The $1.7 million loan and $774,000 grant are provided through the USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Loan and Grant program. The 20-year loan carries a 2.5 percent interest rate.