U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Kim Dolbow Vann today highlighted a $10.2 million investment to improve two rural water systems in California.
"Safe, reliable and modern infrastructure is critical to ensuring California's rural communities remain vibrant places to live and visit," said Vann. "USDA is committed to partnering with our state's rural water providers to ensure they have the resources they need to make these improvements."
Calaveras County Water District was awarded a $5 million loan and $1 million grant to replace more than 13,000 manual-read meters with radio-read meters. Currently meter data must be entered manually, and snow in parts of the district can prevent that from happening for as many as six months at a time. The change will allow meter data to be collected consistently and accurately across all portions of the service area and help the water district comply with water audit requirements.
Squaw Valley Mutual Water Company in Placer County received a $4,223,660 loan to replace 6,500 feet of old cement water lines with new properly sized lines. The water company will also replace their undersized booster pump station, and make improvements to the well house building, access roads, control equipment and emergency intertie. Combined, this project will help ensure the continued delivery of safe drinking water for their rural customers.
Nationally, USDA announced today a total of $201 million invested across 31 states and benefitting nearly 300,000 rural residents.
USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
USDA awarded nearly $1.8 billion for Water and Environmental Program loans and grants during fiscal year 2019, including $45.8 million in California communities.
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/ca.