USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Randy Parker today announced that USDA is investing $3.7 million in three projects that will improve rural water infrastructure for communities in central and southeast Utah.
“USDA is committed to long-term rural prosperity, which includes meeting the critical water needs of communities in arid states like ours,” Parker said. “The investments we’re announcing today will make essential improvements to water infrastructure in three rural Utah areas, which will allow for advanced public safety and economic development.”
Central Valley Town in Sevier County is receiving a $30,000 grant and $60,000 loan to redevelop the town culinary water system. Restoring the town springs and improving various components will ensure the system provides clean, reliable water. USDA has previously obligated $723,000 in loans and grants for this project.
The Town of Anabella, also in Sevier County, is receiving a $527,000 loan and $250,000 grant to make major culinary water system improvements. The system has experienced operational trouble with source wells, resulting in inadequate supply. To meet safety standards, this project will replace pipes, repair a chlorination building, renovate a storage tank, and install modern systems and meters to monitor and direct water use.
Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District, which serves the Spanish Valley area of northern San Juan County and a portion of south Grand County, is receiving a $1,950,000 loan and $942,000 grant. This project will replace and expand a significant portion of the current water service area. More than 1,600 feet of aging or low-capacity pipe must be replaced along with well and chlorination system improvements. Previous funding for this project includes $4,780,000 in USDA loans and grants.
Funding is provided 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.
Nationally, USDA announced investing $192 million for 71 projects in 29 states, benefiting 169,000 rural Americans.
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/ut.