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

Stephanie Bittiker
Release Date
Aug 03, 2020

Funding will Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for 467,000 Rural Americans in 44 States including South Carolina

Columbia, S.C., Aug. 3, 2020The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $462 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America.

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, 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. These investments will benefit 467,000 residents. The following project is being funded in South Carolina under today’s announcement.

  • The Town of Awendaw, S.C. will use a $70,000 loan and $63,200 grant to complete Phase II of a well site.  When completed the town will provide water service to 1,247 residents and allow the town to bring their system into compliance with DHEC requirements. 

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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