USDA funding to spur jobs, provide improved water systems and treatment to rural residents
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced funding for rural water projects to create jobs and improve rural water and wastewater systems in 26 states.
"Clean water is a basic necessity for the health and economic growth of our rural communities," Vilsack said. "Constructing and improving rural water systems benefit communities by providing reliable access to clean water and create jobs that strengthen economies."
Some examples include Marion, Miss., which will receive $3.7 million to provide sewer treatment for residents of rural Lauderdale County. Department of Agriculture funds will be used to install approximately 14 miles of sewer lines and three lift stations for sewer treatment. In Texas, Skywater Water Supply Corp. in Castro County will receive $1 million to build a new water system. The existing system was shut down in 2009 when the wells failed, forcing residents to haul water over 10 miles. The funds will also be used to build storage facilities and four miles of new distribution line to benefit rural residents.
The total USDA funds amount to approximately $66.7 million in loans and $48.9 million in grants. The announcement is part of a series of rural infrastructure investments in support of the American Jobs Act.