State Director Thomas Fern announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $11.7 million in projects that will improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas of Kentucky. Community infrastructure investments are a key piece of USDA’s mission to support America’s rural communities, and these investments build on the $13.9 billion USDA has invested over the course of the Obama Administration to support 5,825 water and waste infrastructure projects that currently benefit 19.5 million rural residents.
“Investments into community infrastructure provide a strategic path to rural economic growth,” Fern said. “Protecting the health and safety of those who live and work in rural areas through water and wastewater upgrades is critical to USDA Rural Development. Quality of life is significantly improved in rural areas through modern water and wastewater systems, and can help attract jobs to rural communities.”
USDA Rural Development is providing $8.2 million in loans and $3.5 million in grants across Kentucky through Rural Development’s Water & Environmental Programs. These programs provide assistance and financing to develop drinking water and waste disposal systems for communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
For example, in Hart County, the Green Valley Water District is receiving a $5.6 million USDA loan and a $2.4 million USDA grant to expand a water treatment plant. The City of Morganfield in Union County is receiving a $2.6 million loan and a $1 million grant for improvements to the water treatment plan and line upgrades. An Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant in Jackson is in an area targeted for assistance by the Obama Administration’s Promise Zone initiative.
Funding for each project announced today is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement.
Today’s funding builds on USDA’s historic investments in rural America over the past seven years. Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support rural communities and American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials.
Since 2009, USDA Rural Development (@USDARD ) has invested $13.9 billion for 5,825 water and waste infrastructure projects, benefiting 19.5 million rural residents; invested nearly $13 billion to start or expand nearly 112,000 rural businesses; helped 1.1 million rural residents buy homes; funded nearly 9,200 community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care facilities; and helped bring high-speed Internet access to nearly 6 million rural residents and businesses. USDA also has invested $38.2 billion in 1,057 electric projects that have financed more than 198,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines serving 4.6 million rural residents. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.