Category: Funding

USDA Urges Applications for Funding

Congress provided U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with $4 billion last year and another $1.9 billion this year to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities under 10,000 population. USDA’s Rural Utility Service has streamlined the application process through an electronic form, RD Apply, for this funding, in the form of affordable low-interest… Read more »

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 »

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 »