USDA is investing in 40 projects in 20 states to improve rural water infrastructure.
“These investments will have a far-reaching, positive impact on rural residents, businesses and communities,” said Joel Baxley, Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development. “Improving water and wastewater infrastructure enhances quality of life, helps support economic development and ensures that rural areas have safe and abundant water supplies.”
USDA is investing $82 million through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural communities, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems. The projects must be in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Investments will be made in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. Examples include:
- The town of Loxley, Ala., is receiving a $4.8 million loan and a $4.7 million grant to improve its wastewater system and help prevent overflow from the treatment plant into the Corn Branch tributary during heavy rains.
- The city of Croswell, Mich., is receiving a $3.2 million loan and a $6.7 million grant to install slip lining, replace pipes and make improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. This is Phase 2 of a project to bring the city into compliance with state environmental guidelines.
- Pennsylvania’s West Sunbury Borough Municipal Authority is receiving a $256,000 loan and a $369,000 grant to install equipment and filters to upgrade the sewage treatment plant to meet state requirements.