USDA Highlights $5 Billion Available for Rural Water Systems & Wastewater System Improvements

Contact: Alec Lloyd
(517) 324-5204

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen today announced the availability of more than $4 billion in loans and $1 billion in grants for rural community water and wastewater system improvements.

“There is increased concern about the integrity and safety of rural water systems in Michigan, and how we can protect the water quality of the Great Lakes,” said Allen.  “This is a tremendous opportunity to replace old, inadequate or inefficient systems.  It is essential for rural communities to reach out to USDA and secure this funding.”

The funding is available for small towns (population of 10,000 or fewer) to construct new water or sewer systems or improve existing ones.  USDA's Water and Environmental Program (WEP) in Michigan offers long-term, low-interest loans and grants.

To learn more about how USDA Rural Development can fund your project or potential project, contact USDA Rural Development Community Programs Director Chris Maxwell at (517) 324-5208 or by email at

USDA WEP eligibility information is available online at

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 services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

Last Modified: 07/13/2018