U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states.
"Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. “Water is the lifeblood of the West and in particular Colorado. The investments made today will ensure these communities have access to clean and healthy water not only now but for the future,” said Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director.
The two projects announced today in Colorado were:
• The Town of Antonito, is receiving a $ 1,751,000 million loan and a $ 1,833,000 million grant to improve to improve the town’s wastewater system. A wastewater mechanical system will be installed to ensure the town can remain in compliance with their discharge permit. The project will also replace existing clay service lines with standard dimensional ratio pipe material line.
• Stage Run Homeowners Association, Inc., is receiving a $571,000 loan to drill a new well, provide pumping equipment, a well-control house and access road for 59 residential homes.
USDA awarded nearly $1.8 billion for Water and Environmental Program loans and grants during fiscal year 2019. Eligible applicants for the program include rural cities, towns and water districts. Funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. 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 facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information visit www.rd.usda.gov/co.