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Biden-Harris administration invests $1.6M for water system improvements in rural KY

Greg Thomas
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Dr. Tom Carew today announced a $1.6 million investment to help improve a water system in Shelby County.

This investment comes through the Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program, which helps provide funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage.

“Clean drinking water is crucial to our rural communities, but unfortunately, much of the associated infrastructure is starting to show its age,” said Carew. “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, this investment will address some of that aged equipment and will help the community for years to come.”

The US 60 Water District will use a $1.6 million direct loan to replace a deteriorating pump station, renovate a 200,000-gallon water storage tank, and replace old and inaccurate conventional meters with new radio read meters.

In fiscal year 2022, Rural Development Kentucky invested over $1.1 billion across the commonwealth to help buy, build, and repair homes; strengthen businesses, and improve infrastructure in rural communities. Included in that was over $23.7 million in water system improvements.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.