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USDA Announces Funding To Improve North Dakota Water Systems

Samantha Evenson
Release Date
Oct 23, 2014

USDA Rural Development will finance more than $8 million in projects to improve and expand water and wastewater services for rural North Dakotans.

“Building-out utility infrastructure, such as water, is essential to supporting economic growth and promoting sustainable communities,” said Jasper Schneider, USDA Acting Administrator for Rural Utilities Service. “As North Dakota’s population continues to rise, these investments will expand capacity to help meet water system demands.”

USDA will finance $5 million in loans and $3.9 million in grants to improve water quality and help protect the environment and natural resources. The projects listed below will provide efficient and dependable services for rural customers and minimize potential health and property risks.

  • City of Finley: $594,000 loan and $461,000 grant to remove the existing 50,000 gallon water tower and replace it with a 100,000 gallon water tower.
  • City of New England: $2,741,000 loan and $2,227,000 grant to replace water and sewer mains as well as installing a new water tower.
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: $770,750 grant to construct a wastewater treatment system for the Cannonball community.
  • City of Linton: $579,000 loan and $474,000 grant to continue work on replacing existing cast iron water distribution mains throughout the city along with the associated gate valves and fire hydrants.
  • Stutsman Rural Water District: $600,000 loan to continue work on providing water services to the City of Woodworth and over 300 rural users.
  • Grand Forks-Traill Water District: $500,000 loan guarantee to build a 500,000 gallon concrete reservoir.

The investments announced today are provided through USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which also administers infrastructure programs that fund broadband and rural electric systems to meet the needs of rural communities. To learn more about USDA’s utility programs, please call (701) 530-2037 or visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/nd.