Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann today highlighted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $4 million in two rural California communities to upgrade water and wastewater systems. Funds are provided through the agency’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
“Water and wastewater system infrastructure is of critical importance to California’s rural communities,” said Vann. “We are committed to partnering with local leaders to assist with infrastructure upgrades and advancements to enhance rural quality of life.”
In Placer County, the Christian Valley Park Community Service District will receive a $3.3 million loan to replace their water storage infrastructure. The District has been using a 1.5 million gallon reservoir as water storage since 1960, but the cover has deteriorated significantly, yet replacing it would be costly and not as effective as replacing the reservoir with storage tanks. This project will construct two 750,000 gallon steel water storage tanks, and, once completed, the new tanks will replace the District's reservoir storage system.
Yulupa Mutual Water Company (MWC) in Santa Rosa will receive a $784,000 loan to update their 30,000 gallon redwood water storage tank, which was built in the 1960s. In addition to leaking, the old redwood tank is much too small and does not allow Yulupa MWC to meet the minimum water storage standards required by the state. The funds will help construct a 100,000 gallon bolted-steel water storage tank at the same tank site.
Eligible Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. There is no limit on the size of the loans.
Nationally, USDA announced earlier this week more than $267 million for 103 projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems and service in rural communities across 35 states.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business developments; 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/ca and follow us on Twitter @CaliforniaRD.