USDA Rural Development Invests $1.5 Million to Upgrade Town of Putnam Wastewater System

Mary Grosso
Amherst, MA
Release Date
Aug 04, 2020

Investment will Improve the Lives of 467,000 Rural Americans

The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $462 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America. In Connecticut, the Town of Putnam will receive $1.5 million for upgrades.

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA Rural Development State Director George E. Krivda, Jr., a Trump Appointed Official, said, “This investment of $1.5 million in a rural Connecticut sewer system is another example of the Trump Administration’s dedication to ensuring rural residents have the critical infrastructure they need to thrive. Supporting rural people, businesses, and communities is the cornerstone of our work at USDA Rural Development.”

The Town of Putnam is receiving a loan and grant of $1.5 million to replace a generator with two new units that will provide backup power for the primary and secondary treatment processes. The project will also include construction of a storage building with an indoor truck wash area, accompanying drainage collection, and oil/water separator instillation and discharge.

USDA is funding 161 projects in 44 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will benefit 467,000 residents.

The investments that USDA announced today are being made in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

To learn more about investment resources for rural areas in MA/CT/RI, interested parties should contact Jennifer Lerch, Community & Business Programs Director, at (413) 253-4316 or

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

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