USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Randy Parker today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in water infrastructure improvements for the town of Annabella, Utah.
“The town of Annabella is modernizing their water system to make sure the locals enjoy clean, reliable drinking water – an amenity all our rural neighbors should enjoy access to,” said Parker. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with communities like Annabella to help them improve essential infrastructure because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
The town of Annabella in Sevier County, Utah, will use a $140,000 loan and a $75,000 grant to make continued water system improvements. In order to meet drinking water safety standards, repairs and upgrades are being made to pipes, storage, and treatment facilities. The town undertook this project with a loan and grant from USDA Rural Development in Fiscal Year 2019. The funding announced today will allow them to finish this project and provide adequate water supply to the community of about 800 residents.
USDA 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.
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.
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/ut.