U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that the department is investing $281 million in 106 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
“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.”
Lazy Glen Homeowners' Association, Inc. in Snowmass, CO has been awarded a $1,702,000 and a $761,000 grant to build a new wastewater treatment facility to serve the entirety of Lazy Glen, without utilizing discharges into the lagoon. “While Lazy Glen is located within the Basalt Sanitation District, a separate system serving Lazy Glen is a much more cost-effective option,” said USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark. The connection to the Basalt Sanitation District System would require a lift station (to cross the Roaring Fork River), among other modifications, and be approximately $3 million more expensive than a Lazy Glen specific facility. The selection of the mechanical sewer system to serve the homes of Lazy Glen is the most cost efficient and environmentally friendly option. “Providing funding for safe drinking water and sanitary waste disposal systems is essential for not only public health, but also for economic prosperity in Colorado’s rural communities,” said Clark.
Eligible applicants for the Water and Waste Disposal Program 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. Funding is currently available. For application or eligibility information, view the interactive RD Apply tool or contact your local USDA Rural Development office in Colorado.
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 www.rd.usda.gov