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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide up to $ 307 million in grants and low-interest loans to help modernize rural drinking and wastewater infrastructure.
so Press release Secretary of Agriculture Tom Birsak, who announced the initiative, said the investment would help fund a project to eliminate old pipes and service lines in a small community in 34 states and Puerto Rico.
“Every community needs a safe, reliable and up-to-date water and sewage system,” Billsack said in a statement. “The results of decades of reduced investment in physical infrastructure have had the greatest impact on the color community.”
“That’s why USDA is investing in the water infrastructure of its most needed rural and tribal communities. It helps to rebuild water better, stronger and more equitably than ever before.” He added.
The project is funded through USDA’s water and sewage treatment loan and grant program. This is an initiative to fund upgrades to drinking water systems, sewage treatment, solid waste treatment, and stormwater drainage.
The program is open to rural communities with a population of up to 10,000.
According to USDA, the latest investments will help fund infrastructure improvements that will ultimately benefit 250,000 residents and businesses.
Funding follows President Joe Biden’s announcement last week. Bipartisan infrastructure framework This enables us to “invest in the largest clean drinking water in American history.”
Eliminating the country’s lead pipes and service lines is part of a deal made last month by Biden and a group of senators.
The proposed agreement includes: $ 55 billion Remove and replace millions of pipes and service lines that continue to serve an estimated 6 to 10 million homes across the United States.
Source: Equity news