U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) State Director Richard Mayfield today announced that USDA is investing over $11 million dollars to improve rural water infrastructure in three communities in rural New York. This is part of a national investment of over $135 million across 49 projects in 24 states.
“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to partner with rural communities to address their current and long-term water needs,” Mayfield said. “Modernizing water infrastructure will yield key health benefits and help spur economic growth – making rural places even more attractive to live and work.”
USDA is making the investments through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural cities and towns, 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 are examples of projects announced today that show how USDA is partnering to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure.
- Town of Hanover This Rural Development investment will be used to replace the water main in the town of Hanover. When complete, the project will alleviate health and safety concerns caused by disruption in water service for the more than 2,200 residents in the water district.
- City of Norwich This Rural Development investment will be used to provide additional financing for the replacement of the water filtration plant, which includes water storage. This project will allow the city of Norwich to continue to provide reliable water service to the 7,355 residents in a very-low-income area.
- Town of Bergen This Rural Development investment will be used to install a water distribution system in the town of Bergen, located in Genesee County, N.Y. This project will extend public water service to 335 residential connections and to 32 commercial properties in the town as well as supply fire protection for all located in the district.
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.