Washington, D.C.- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest $116 million in 23 states to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure. The USDA is working with local partners to provide financing for 49 water and environmental infrastructure projects. The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
In South Dakota, the South Lincoln Rural Water System, Inc. will receive $12.4 million in loans to build a water treatment plant, improve small diameter pipe looping and improve the main line. The project also will help ensure the system has the capacity to support future growth.
In California, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District will receive more than $8 million in loans to replace more than 10,000 linear feet of water pipeline and replace two redwood water storage tanks with a new, larger steel tank. The improvements will help prevent water loss through leaks, increase reliability and improve fire flow and water storage. The district serves Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek and Brookdale in Santa Cruz County.
In New Mexico, the city of Socorro will receive around $7.9 million in loans and grants to upgrade and replace interceptor sewer lines that are no longer structurally sound. Several lift stations also will be replaced. The project will upgrade other sewer lines and equipment designed to provide better service to Socorro’s residents.