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USDA releases grants/loans for rural water and sewer needs

The USDA is releasing more than 270-Million dollars in loans and grants for critical water and sewer needs in rural America.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Rural Development funds will help all sizes of projects, from small to large.

“You travel up to Baldwin, Wisconsin and that’s a large project, 18.1 million dollars in grants and loans designed to replace their entire wastewater treatment plant. Or you can travel to Oaktown, Indiana, where the grant and loan is a small amount – 50,000 dollars – but it’s designed to essentially update their drainage system which can avoid flooding.”

Vilsack says unresolved water issues can cause a lot of problems – and, in fact – a tragedy led to him becoming mayor of his small town of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

“A citizen was upset over sewage backing up in his home, took matters tragically into his own hands by shooting and killing the mayor of our town as well as seriously wounding two council members over these issues. So, this is serious business, folks.”

The water loans and grants are for small towns of under 10-thousand people.

USDA is financing 114 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will help improve rural infrastructure for 270,000 people and businesses.

USDA is announcing investments today in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming and Puerto Rico.

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