ATHENS, Ga., Aug. 3, 2020 – The 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. The city of Reynolds, Georgia will be receiving $4.65 million of these funds.
“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 announced the funding of 161 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will benefit 467,000 residents. The following is the summary of the Reynolds, Ga project being funded under today’s announcement.
- The city of Reynolds, Ga., will use a $1,747,000 loan and a $2,906,000 grant to make water system improvements. The proposed project will alleviate a health hazard by taking asbestos water lines out of service. A new well and water storage tank are also proposed.
The project comes as a result of a USDA grant called Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH grant) awarded to the city of Reynolds in FY 2016.
SEARCH grants pay predevelopment planning costs, feasibility studies, preliminary design and engineering analysis, or technical assistance for the development of an application for financial assistance.
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 in Georgia, interested parties should contact our Community Programs Division at (706) 546-2171.
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 www.rd.usda.gov.
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