Category: Funding

NRWA Statement on Administration Position that RUS Loan Program is Duplicative

DUNCAN, Okla. – The National Rural Water Association applauds the President’s focus on the nation’s infrastructure including water and wastewater systems that are the first line of defense in public health and environmental protection. The USDA Water and Waste Program has a proven and effective delivery mechanism in place to deliver these infrastructure results. Since… Read more »

Rural Water Loan Helps Utility Acquire Grant, Comply with State Law

THREE RIVERS, Calif. – When California’s Proposition 50 created new state regulations for drinking water treatment, the North Kaweah Mutual Water Company found itself in need of a $1.99 million upgrade to meet the new requirements. The utility of 80 connections could apply for a state grant for the project, but they still needed funds… Read more »

Oklahoma Utility an Example of What RUS, Rural Water Can Accomplish

AMBER, Okla. – In a metal building west of the small Oklahoma town of Amber, Paul Jones is gathering his staff around a wall filled with color-coded pipe maps and a whiteboard scrawled with the day’s priorities. The Rural Water District has undergone tremendous changes, fueled by a combination of hard work and USDA loan… Read more »

USDA Announces $331 Million Investment for Clean Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $331 million in 85 projects that will improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas. “Strategic investments like these into community infrastructure provide a path to rural economic growth,” Vilsack said. “Water and wastewater upgrades protect the health… Read more »

Rural Water Restoring Water after Hurricane Matthew

DUNCAN, Okla. – State Rural Water Associations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are assisting water and wastewater systems damaged by high winds and floods created by Hurricane Matthew. Matthew passed along Florida’s Atlantic coast starting on Oct. 7 and moved north before turning further out to sea. High winds and flooding resulted… Read more »

USDA Launches Uplift America Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from National Rural Water Association recently attended the launch of Uplift America, a new USDA partnership designed to increase investment in the nation’s poorest rural communities. Uplift America is a new public-private partnership that aims to boost investment in poor, rural communities to improve employment, education, health and housing. Uplift America… Read more »

Rural Water Loan Assists Waterwood with Wastewater Renovation

YALAHA, Fla. – The Waterwood Community Association’s wastewater plant had been in operation for 32 years, and needed complete renovation to meet current regulatory standards. The community of 128 homes turned to the Rural Water Loan Fund to get quick, easy access to the financing needed to complete to the project. “It’s a 34-year-old community… Read more »

USDA Lowers WEP Interest Rates

The average rate for the 11 Bond Buyers Index has gone down during the last three months resulting in reduced interest rates for the Rural Utility Service Water and Waste Loan and Grant Program effective July 1. New Rates will be as follows: Poverty – 1.625% Intermediate – 2.25% Market – 2.75% On September 28,… Read more »

USDA provides funding opportunities

Water and wastewater facilities are vital to the health, safety and economic success of rural communities. During fiscal year fiscal year 2012, the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development infrastructure investment has improved rural economies through delivery of vital utility services, creating jobs and building stronger communities that are better able to grow and attract new… Read more »