The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $750,000 to modernize critical wastewater infrastructure for the Roberts Carbon County Water and Sewer District.
“Rural communities depend on safe water and wastewater systems to operate and survive,” Montana State Director Charles Robison said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural Montana thrives, all of Montana thrives.”
The $750,000 loan will be used to finance improvements to the Roberts Carbon County Water and Sewer District’s current wastewater system. Private connections from homes to the main sewer line will be replaced due to excessive ground water flow. The new connections will reduce clear water intrusion into the wastewater system, which will allow the treatment plant to handle the amount of wastewater it is designed for.
“The Community of Roberts is very excited to receive funding for upgrading the integrity of the sewer system. Roberts, Montana has seen an indirect increase in its population in the last year by approximately 33%. This will have a direct impact on current infrastructure and increase system capacities in future growth. These funds will be used to upgrade dated drainage systems between the sewer mains and individual residence,” Roberts Carbon County Water and Sewer District President Michael Gebhardt said. “These deteriorated drainage lines are responsible for a large intrusion of ground water being absorbed into the system. These funds will help decrease the unnecessary volumes of ground water and save the district funds in maintenance on pumps, the integrity of the electrical system, electricity cost running pumps and emergency repairs that may come up. We encourage each residence to take advantage of this opportunity by filling out the forms to help our community in the future.”
USDA is funding 161 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will benefit 470,000 residents.
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 the Montana 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 www.rd.usda.gov/mt.
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