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USDA Invests in Water Infrastructure Improvement for Summit County Community

Jamie Welch Jaro
Salt Lake City
Release Date

USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Randy Parker today announced that USDA is investing $3.7 million to help rebuild and improve the water infrastructure of Woodland, Utah.

“As our state grows we need water systems that are up to the highest standards of safety and efficiency,” Parker said. “USDA has made it a priority to support infrastructure improvements that allow even the smaller communities, like Woodland, to prosper.”

Woodland Mutual Water Company is receiving a $2 million loan and a $1.7 million grant to rehabilitate and upgrade the water system for the community in Summit County. The existing system does not currently meet state standards and this project will expand storage capacity and upgrade source and distribution lines, which will create a more cohesive system. The completion of this project will relieve residents from the cost of continual repairs and enable the community to have adequate fire flow in case of emergency.

Nationwide, USDA today announced $1.2 billion in financing for 234 water and environmental infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funding can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s field offices in Utah.

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.