USDA Invests $3.6 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in North Carolina

Release Date
May 27, 2020

NORTH CAROLINA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that the department will invest $3.6 million through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program in North Carolina.

USDA is investing $281 million in 106 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico.

“Many of these counties have wastewater systems that were state of the art when they were installed decades ago,” said State Director for USDA Rural Development in North Carolina Robert Hosford. “These communities need updated systems in place to help enable the continued growth they are experiencing.” 

Below are examples of water and wastewater projects in rural communities that will receive funding:

Edgecombe County will use a $93,000 loan and a $607,000 grant to construct a sewer collection and transport system to serve the town of Speed and the immediate surrounding area.

Jones County will use a $1,500,000 loan and a $1,451,000 grant to cover the cost of a project designed to increase water supply capability.  The project includes construction of two new supply wells, an elevated storage tank, a water treatment plant including an effluent pump station and 17,000 linear feet of 6-inch force main , approximately 18,000 linear feet of 10-inch water line,  approximately 24,000 linear feet of 8-inch water line, and approximately 6,000 linear feet of 8-inch raw water line. These improvements will provide increased water supply capability, better system pressures, increased hydraulic capacity, and more efficient system operations.

“These investments will bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones and upgrade water handling systems that are decades old. These investments create jobs and improve public health and safety for our rural neighbors,” Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA is funding projects in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits. 

For application or eligibility information, view the interactive RD Apply tool or contact one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

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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