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Nonprofit provides water wells to low-income families in rural areas
The Water Well Trust (WWT), a national nonprofit helping low-income Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, announced that it is still seeking eligible households from 15 counties in Georgia to receive new water wells or rehabilitate existing wells before available funding expires Sept. 30, 2017.
The WWT received a matching grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a project to increase potable water availability to households in 15 rural Georgia counties, including Colquitt, Grady, Hancock, Hart, Jones, Jefferson, Meriwether, Murray, Monroe, Worth, Twiggs, Macon, Washington, Wilcox and Warren.
To date, the WWT has completed water well projects in Hancock, Murray, Twiggs, Wilcox, Colquitt, Washington, Worth, Turner, Macon, Grady and Monroe counties. Funds are still available for low-interest loans to eligible individual households for a new water well or rehabilitation of an existing water well. WWT limits funding to a maximum of $11,000 per household. Loans have an interest rate of 1% with terms of up to 20 years.
To qualify for a WWT loan, Georgia applicants must be the owner and occupant of the home as their primary residence. In addition, the annual household income for the applicant and all other occupants of the home must not exceed a combined total of $45,300.
The WWT is a 501(c)3 organization created by the Water Systems Council to provide a clean water supply to American families living without access to a precious resource most of us take for granted. The WWT and its partners build wells for low-income families that need safe drinking water, and is the only nonprofit organization helping Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply.
The WWT serves Americans living primarily in rural, unincorporated areas or minority communities that may be isolated and difficult to reach, assisting low income families that cannot afford to pay for public water supplies, and those who live in areas where the extension of public water supplies to serve them doesn't make economic sense.