USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in NY
New Partnerships Support more Prosperous Futures for More than 1,500 People
SYRACUSE, NY, Aug. 17, 2018 – NY State Director for USDA Rural Development, Richard Mayfield, announced that the USDA is investing more than $5.8 million to increase access to, rebuild or improve rural water infrastructure for 1,581 rural residents throughout Central and Northern NY.
“Modern, reliable water infrastructure provides a foundation for economic growth and prosperity,” Mayfield said. “USDA’s partnerships with rural communities underscore Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s commitment to ensuring that rural places have the infrastructure needed to thrive.”
USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Mayfield announced that the following projects in New York will receive USDA funding:
Town of Brownville This Rural Development investment of $2.4 million in loan and $200,000 in grant -- will be used to provide critical water infrastructure to residents in Brownville Water District #2. The project will serve approximately 395 residents and two businesses.
Town of Gouverneur This Rural Development investment of $467,000 in loan and $300,000 in grant -- will replace the entire water distribution main along Route 11, known as the Eastside Water District in the township of Gouverneur and improve access for 86 residents.
Town of Gouverneur This Rural Development investment of $863,000 in loan -- will be used to replace the entire water distribution main along State Route 11, called Westside Water District in the township of Gouverneur, in St. Lawrence County, which serves nearly 200 residents.
Town of Arcadia This Rural Development investment of $1.3 million in loan and $256,000 in grant -- will be used to provide 24,000 feet of water line to the town of Arcadia. The new water line will provide adequate potable water for nearly 100 residents.
Eligible rural communities and water districts can apply online for funding to maintain, modernize or build water and wastewater systems. They can visit the interactive RD Apply tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.
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 services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.