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USDA-RD State Director Participates in Ribbon-Cutting at Kenly Water Tower

Robert Kerns
Release Date
Apr 22, 2022

KENLY, N.C., April 22, 2022 – USDA Rural Development State Director Reginald Speight participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new water tower in Kenly today. 

USDA invested $2 million in loans and grants to replace an 80-year-old 100-thousand-gallon water storage tank. 

The new water storage tank was constructed at a higher elevation with an altitude valve to improve system hydraulics and prevent disinfectant by-products from developing in the water system.

“This rural community is growing and requires up-to-date infrastructure to meet the needs of its residents,” said Speight. “We are proud to help the citizens of Kenly have access to clean drinking water. USDA is invested in the continued success of Johnston County. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the forward development of its towns through our community facilities programs and the expansion of their education through our distance learning and telemedicine grants.”


Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans 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, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.




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