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USDA Invests $26 million in clean water for rural Iowa

USDA Invests $26 million in clean water for rural Iowa

By Andi Anderson

USDA Rural Development State Director Theresa Greenfield has announced a substantial investment of $26 million. Comprising $21,457,000 in loans and $4,695,000 in grants, this initiative aims to ensure clean, safe water and foster economic growth in rural communities. The commitment aligns with President Biden's broader agenda of Investing in America.

Director Greenfield emphasized the USDA's dedication to rural America, recognizing that robust communities are built on their people. The investments announced reflect the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to providing opportunities for success in rural areas.

The Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program facilitated these investments, supporting clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, and stormwater drainage in eligible rural areas. Six key projects in Iowa are set to benefit from this initiative:

City of Linn Grove, Buena Vista County:

  • $994,000 loan and $1,700,000 grant
  • Purpose: Connect with Iowa Lakes Regional Water's bulk-treated water supply, replacing aged distribution piping and ensuring clean drinking water.

Alta Municipal Utilities:

  • $10,405,000 loan and $2,995,000 grant
  • Purpose: Construct a reverse osmosis treatment facility and upgrade distribution systems for clean drinking water in Alta.

City of Randolph, Fremont County:

  • $351,000 loan
  • Purpose: Improve lift station, sewer collection, and lagoon systems to enhance water service and safety.

Regional Water, Pottawattamie County:

  • $4,324,000 loan
  • Purpose: Expand water service with 12.25 miles of rural potable water piping infrastructure to housing developments.

Harlan Municipal Utilities, Shelby County:

  • $2,644,000 loan
  • Purpose: Improve water system by drilling new wells, constructing well houses, and enhancing raw water mains for increased capacity.

City of Elk Horn, Shelby County:

  • $2,739,000 loan
  • Purpose: Upgrade controlled discharge lagoon wastewater treatment facility to mitigate health hazards and meet wastewater standards.

These projects not only address water and wastewater needs but also contribute to the health, safety, and economic vitality of rural Iowa. The USDA's investment signifies a step forward in building resilient and sustainable communities.

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