USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark announced that the Agency is providing nearly $50 million in loans and grants to upgrade rural water and wastewater systems in Kansas.
“USDA Rural Development partners with small towns throughout the state to improve infrastructure so Kansans have access to affordable, safe drinking water,” said USDA Rural Development Community Programs Director Sháne Hastings. “Without the investment of the federal government into these infrastructure projects, residents would be paying a great deal more on their monthly water and sewer bills. The entities that received USDA funding are investing in the future by making infrastructure a priority.”
Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested nearly $11 billion in new and improved water and wastewater infrastructure nationwide that has benefited nearly 14 million rural residents and more than 5 million households and businesses.
USDA Rural Development in Kansas is providing $29.218 million in loans and $20.480 million in grants through the Water and Environmental Program. This is part of more than $1.5 billion USDA invested in rural water and wastewater projects during the 2014 Fiscal Year, which ended September 30.
• City of Altamont
$977,000 loan, $371,000 grant
Funds will be used to install new water transmission lines, replace 50 distribution vales, and purchase 480 residential meters.
• City of Carbondale
$3.038 million loan, $158,000 grant
Funds will be used to repair the sewer collection lines and manholes.
• City of Clayton
Funds will be used to install a centralized arsenic treatment system to remove arsenic from groundwater in the existing well.
• City of Conway Springs
$390,000 loan, $294,000 grant
Funds will be used to develop two new wells and install a water line to connect the two supply wells.
• City of Easton
$508,000 loan, $660,000 grant
Funds will be used to drill one new well, construct a new treatment plant, and install 12 fire hydrants and 41 water meters.
• City of Englewood
$101,000 loan, $484,000 grant
Funds will be used to drill a new well, install water distribution lines and new telemetry monitoring controls.
• City of Haviland
$1.556 million loan, $879,000 grant
Funds will be used to construct a new ion-exchange treatment plant, install water lines, construct a two cell lagoon, upgrade the telemetry monitoring system, and purchase a generator.
• City of Oswego
$409,000 loan, $338,000 grant
Funds will be used to protect the city’s water source by repairing the dam and intake structure.
• City of Scranton
$1.229 million loan, $843,000 grant
Funds will used to install water distribution lines, water meters, fire hydrants, a bypass at the booster pump station, and replace the re-chlorination equipment.
• City of Udall
$2.314 million loan
Funds will be used to replace water lines.
• City of Severy
$795,000 loan, $1.027 million grant
Funds will be used to install water service lines, 40 gate valves, 36 fire hydrants, and 156 water meters.
• City of Strong City
$59,000 loan, $49,000 grant
Funds will be used to replace water lines and install 32 fire hydrants.
• Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 23, Neosho County
$13.504 million loan, $11.034 million grant
Funds will be used to construct a new 6.0 million gallon per day surface water treatment plant.
• Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 26, Chase County
$255,000 loan, $862,600 grant
Funds will be used to construct a water treatment facility and install water supply lines.
• Riley County
$2.357 million loan, $1.818 million grant
Funds will be used to replace sewer lines, install 15 manholes, and rehabilitate three lift stations and replace one.
• Rural Water District #1 in Greenwood County
$1.711 million loan, $1.662 million grant
Funds will be used to install water lines, rehabilitate the existing water storage tank, and installing 15 water meters.
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.
In April, USDA allocated $150 million in Farm Bill grants plus $237 million in Rural Development funds for the Department’s largest Earth Day investment in rural water and wastewater systems.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $204.5 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.