NY State Director for USDA Rural Development Richard Mayfield announced that the USDA is investing nearly $3 million in four projects across rural New York State to improve rural water infrastructure.
“These investments will have a far-reaching, positive impact on rural residents, businesses and communities,” Mayfield said. “Improving water and wastewater infrastructure enhances quality of life, helps support economic development and ensures that rural areas have safe and abundant water supplies.”
USDA is investing $82 million in 40 projects across 20 states 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. The projects must be in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Projects in New York include:
- Town of Ridgeway This Rural Development investment of $334,000 in loan and $720,000 in grant will be used to create Water District #14, extending public water service to 30 homes in the town that do not have access to safe, potable water.
- Town of Leroy This Rural Development investment of $89,000 in loan and $34,000 in grant will be used to build Water District #11, extending public water access to eight residential users and increase water access for fire protection.
- Town of Sennett This Rural Development investment of $1,187,000 in loan will be used to improve Water District #3 – benefitting more than 600 residents. A water main extension will be installed connecting water districts #1 and #3. Additionally, a water tank will be removed and replaced with a 300,000-gallon water storage tank. Also, this project will allow for future interconnection with a neighboring town to the north.
- Town of Junius This Rural Development investment of $441,000 in loan will be used to construct Water District #3. This project will extend public water access to over 100 residents and provide them with safe, reliable and potable water.
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.