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USDA Invests $144 Million for Rural Water and Wastewater Improvements

Weldon Freeman
Release Date

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $144 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 25 states.

“Modern and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure systems are foundational to economic growth and quality of life in rural communities,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to investing in this critical infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA is investing in 45 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant (Water and Environmental Program). Eligible applicants include rural cities and towns, and water districts. Funds can be used for drinking water systems, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

For information about the WEP in Nevada, contact Community Programs Director Cheryl Couch at (775)443-4760. In Fiscal Year 2019 Nevada’s Office of USDA Rural Development invested $8.9 million in clean water and waste water treatment systems in rural Nevada. Douglas County led with $5.5 million in water projects, followed by Lander County with $1.7 million in improvements.

USDA is announcing investments today in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

USDA had $2.9 billion available for Water and Environmental Program loans and grants at the beginning of fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in coming weeks.

View the interactive RD Apply tool or contact one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices for application or eligibility information.