Trump Administration Invests $462 Million to Modernize Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Rural Communities

Release Date
Aug 03, 2020

Trump Administration Invests $14 Million to Modernize Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Rural Mississippi

Investment will help Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in Alcorn and Pontotoc Counties

JACKSON, Aug. 3, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $462 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America, with over $14 million being invested in Alcorn and Pontotoc counties in this latest round.

“Investments in rural water infrastructure help ensure our rural communities have access to safe and reliable drinking water and efficient wastewater systems, which is a key component to improving quality of life for Mississippians,” USDA State Director for Rural Development in Mississippi John Campbell said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, Rural Development is able to provide much needed assistance to our rural areas, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA is funding 161 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant  Program. The following are examples of projects being funded under today’s announcement:

  • The Alcorn County Water Association will use $7.3 million in loan funding combined with $4 million in grant funding to make improvements to the water system, with updates to their water treatment plants, the distribution system, and installation of newer, more efficient meters.
  • The Mud Creek Water Association will use a $2.8 million loan to construct two new wells, an elevated water tank, and add a water line extension that will provide service new customers.

The investments that USDA announced today are being made in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.To learn more about investment resources for rural areas, interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs 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 areas. For more information, visit

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