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USDA Rural Development Announces More Than $1.2 Million In Water And Waste Disposal Loans and Grants

Daniel Blottenberger
Release Date

Loan and Grant Funding for Water System Improvements in Somerset County

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Pennsylvania State Director Bob Morgan today announced that the Department is awarding more than $1.2 million in loan and grant funds through the Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant program.

The funds are being awarded to the Central City Water Authority in Somerset County. The project is expected to benefit more than 2,000 rural Pennsylvanians.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to providing a healthy community and environment to make sure our children and families have clean and safe water systems,” Morgan said. “Projects like this one help to make sure our infrastructure is being upgraded to the best possible standards.”

This Rural Development investment of a $701,000 loan and a $526,000 grant will improve the water system and address aging infrastructure. It will increase raw water, treated water and service water storage capacities. The investment will also provide adequate time for proper maintenance of tanks, filters, and wells through rehabilitation of two existing water storage tanks, replacement of two water storage tanks, an additional clear well tank and improvements at the water treatment plant.

Background: Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program

This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

This program assists qualified applicants who are not otherwise able to obtain commercial credit on reasonable terms. Eligible applicants include:

  • Most state and local governmental entities
  • Private nonprofits
  • Federally recognized tribes

USDA 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.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.