USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 25 States
Investments will Benefit 3,299 People in Rural Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pa, Sept. 23, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $144 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 25 states.
“Modern and reliable water and wastewater infrastructure systems are foundational to economic growth and quality of life in rural communities,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to investing in this critical infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA is investing in 45 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Eligible applicants include rural cities and towns, and water districts. They can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
“Providing funding for water infrastructure systems is critically important to the economic vitality of our rural communities”, said State Director Curt Coccodrilli.
Below is an example announced today in Pennsylvania.
- South Wayne County is using a loan of $6,251,000 and a grant of $4,210,000 to make improvements and upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant located in the Lake and Salem Townships of Lake Ariel, Pa. The treatment plant serves 3,299 residential equivalent dwelling units. Upgrades and rehabilitation will include a new sludge dewatering system to replace the current belt press and to replace the chemical disinfection process over to ultraviolet filter. Other equipment such as blowers and pumps will be replaced with newer, more efficient, equipment. The wastewater treatment plant is over 40 years old and has reached its useful life.
USDA is announcing investments today in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
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.