Investments will Benefit 169,000 Rural Americans
MONTGOMERY, Ala. June 26, 2019 – Alabama Rural Development State Director Chris Beeker today announced that Alabama is included in USDA’s investment of $192 million in 71 projects located across 29 states to improve rural water infrastructure.
“This is great news for Rural Alabama. Providing clean, safe and affordable drinking water is critical to the health, safety and economic vitality of rural Alabama,” Beeker said. “President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue were very clear when they directed Rural Development to identify and meet rural water needs as a foundational pillar in improving rural infrastructure.”
USDA is making the $192 million investment through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural communities, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Below is an example of investments in Alabama:
- The Waterworks & Sewer Board of the city of Lineville is receiving a $283,000 loan and a $217,000 grant to install radio read meters and purchase a service truck. Replacing these items will reduce water loss and labor costs associated with reading water meters and will increase income. The Waterworks and Sewer Board serves 931 residential customers and 159 commercial customers. The city of Lineville in Clay County has a population of 2,395.
USDA is announcing investments today in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Congress appropriated $2.9 billion for USDA Water and Environmental Program loans and grants in fiscal year 2019. USDA will make additional funding announcements in coming weeks.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.
To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
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.