U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states.
“Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
In Wyoming, the town of Meeteetse in Park County, has been approved for a $39,000 loan and a $406,000 grant that will be used to make waterline and metering system improvements. This project is part of the previously phased improvements undertaken by Meeteetse which will significantly improve infrastructure efficiencies and safety.
USDA is providing the funding 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 with 10,000 or fewer residents.
“Building stronger rural communities continues to be a top priority for the Trump Administration,” said Wally Wolski, USDA Rural Development Wyoming State Director. “The funding announced recently is another great example of how the President’s commitment to improving infrastructure in rural communities helps ensure that Americans living in those communities have access to the quality infrastructure they deserve; and not just in Wyoming, but across the country.”
USDA awarded nearly $1.8 billion for Water and Environmental Program loans and grants during fiscal year 2019.
Northern Ag Network – 2019