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USDA Invests in Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in Resaca, Georgia

Deborah Callahan
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USDA Rural Development today announced a $313,000 loan and $402,000 grant investment to install a sewerage collection system in Resaca, Georgia.  This is part of the Agency’s $116 million announcement of recent assistance awarded to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 171,000 rural Americans in 23 states.

   The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. 

   USDA Rural Development in Georgia has $49.5 million loan funds and $15 million for grants available to communities for water and waste disposal programs during Fiscal Year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019).  Contact the community programs division for further information at (706) 546-2171. Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool or through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

   Below is a summary of the investment USDA is making in Georgia under this announcement:

  • In Resaca, Ga $715,000 will be used as additional financing to install a sewerage collection system throughout the downtown area to alleviate problems with septic failures.  The sewerage will be transmitted to the city of Calhoun for treatment.  In June 2015, USDA assisted the community with $2,556,000 to begin construction of this project.  

   USDA is making investments in rural communities in: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington. 

    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.