USDA Celebrates Earth Day, Announces Water Projects

Samantha Evenson
North Dakota
Release Date
Apr 22, 2015

In recognition of Earth Day, Bill Davis, USDA Rural Development acting state director, today announced $4 million in financing to improve water services for rural North Dakotans.

“As an essential natural resource, USDA works to protect and provide access to water in the state,” said Davis. “We are proud to help build-out water systems that deliver reliable services to rural customers while minimizing potential health and property risks.”

With financing provided by Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program (WEP), the projects listed below will connect 464 rural customers to a dependable, safe drinking water source. This will eliminate the need for residents in the area to upgrade their wells individually or haul drinking water.

•    Barnes Rural Water District: $1,964,200 loan to expand water services to 214 users in the City of Kathryn and surrounding area. 

•    North Central Rural Water Consortium II: $2,311,769 loan to expand water services to 250 users in the Granville, Deering, and Surrey areas.

Since 2009, Rural Development has invested $97 million to provide clean drinking water, safe sanitation and adequate water services in North Dakota. To learn more about USDA programs, please call (701) 530-2037 or visit