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USDA Announces Investments in Water Infrastructure for Sevier County Community

Jamie Welch Jaro
Salt Lake City
Release Date

USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Randy Parker today announced that USDA is investing more than $2 million to help rebuild and improve the water infrastructure of Elsinore, Utah.

"Access to clean water is a critical foundation of any rural economy," Parker said. "Elsinore will be making great improvements to their water system with this funding, and I'm glad we could be a part of making this important project a reality."

Elsinore is receiving a $1.5 million loan and $797,000 grant to upgrade the town’s water distribution system. The town must make repairs and improvements to meet health and safety standards. Part of the expected work includes adding a water tank and repairing a source well.

Nationwide, USDA today announced it is investing $116 million to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states. USDA is working with local partners to provide financing for 49 water and environmental infrastructure projects. The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents

Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool or through one of USDA Rural Development’s field offices in Utah.

USDA is making investments in rural communities in: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington. 

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/ut.