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USDA Invests $247,000 to Help People Access Safe, Reliable Drinking Water During Severe Drought in Rural California

Huron, CA
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Huron, Calif., Aug. 17, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is awarding a $247,000 grant to help people living in the city of Huron to recover from severe drought and access safe, reliable drinking water.

“People in rural communities continue to see firsthand the devastation climate change and increasingly severe weather can have on their safety, health and livelihoods,” Torres Small said. “Thanks to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, USDA can continue to invest in the wastewater infrastructure of small communities like Huron, having a direct impact on the health and well-being of the people who call this place home.”

USDA is awarding the city of Huron a $247,374 Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant to purchase 235-acre-ft of water needed for people living in the community. The city does not have the amount of water needed for its residents due to current severe drought conditions in California. The purchase of additional water will enable the city to meet its water demands.

USDA Rural Development’s Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Program helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water. Rural Development is a leader in helping rural America improve the quality of life and increase the economic opportunities for rural people.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans 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, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


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