The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Virginia Rural Development office today announced it has approved a $4.8 million low-interest direct loan and a $1.589 million grant for Scott County Public Service Authority to extend public water service to the Fairview area of the county.
“Ensuring there is a reliable, clean water supply in rural Virginia is vital,” said Janice Stroud-Bickes, Virginia’s USDA Rural Development Acting State Director. “We work with counties and towns across Virginia to help find solutions to water issues because establishing and stabilizing adequate access to water is the foundation for healthy living, strong quality of life and positive economic development.”
USDA Rural Development funds will be used to construct approximately 18 miles of water distribution lines, 95 water meters and 33 fire hydrants.
Scott County’s existing water system serves approximately 4,100 residential and 100 commercial users, and the extension will add approximately 95 residential users.
Funding announced today is made available through the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
In 2016, USDA Rural Development in Virginia invested in 38 water and environmental projects totaling more than $50 million in loans and grants.
Funding of the award announced today is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan.