USDA Rural Development

Impact on Rural America

Since 1940, USDA’s Water Program has made 96,724 loans and grants totaling $54.6 billion. Today, the program provides approximately $1.6 billion per year in loans and grants to build new and improved water and waste disposal infrastructure. However, the Administration’s proposed budget eliminates all funding for the USDA Water and Waste Disposal Program, a program that has been providing needed, affordable funding to rural communities for 72 years. The USDA has dedicated 100% of available funds to rural and small communities for seven decades. 85% of projects funded serve populations of 5,000 or less; 41% serves populations of 1,000 or less.

Rebuild Rural Coalition

Rural Water:Rebuild Rural Fact Sheet, Overview and Breakdown

Rural America:Senate Democrats’ Jobs & Infrastructure Plan Fact Sheet

The Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition is comprised of more than 200 organizations from across the country focused on rural communities, U.S. agricultural producers, rural businesses, and rural families. The Rebuild Rural Coalition is dedicated to advocating for investment in rural America’s infrastructure and understands that rural America’s infrastructure needs are fundamentally different.
You can show your support for the coalition by using the #rebuildrural on social media.

Letters & Case Studies

Featured Letter: Senators Express Concern Over Ag Budget Cuts

Featured Case Study:Rural Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Management District No. 6, Grady County

A Proven Success

For over 70 years, the USDA Water and Waste Water Loan and Grant program has been the most effective mechanism for funding the majority of the nation’s rural water and waste water infrastructure. The USDA Water and Waste Water Loan and Grant Program puts rural Americans first-100% of USDA Water and Waste loans are awarded to rural systems to serve communities of 10,000 people or less.

Click the map to see the amount of funding and financing provided through USDA Rural Development.
(Source NACo)

Since 2009

Rural Development Water and Waste Investments


Rural residents received new or improved water and waste disposal service



New households and businesses connected


$14.5 billion

Invested to build new or improved infrastructure



Technical assistance visits to help rural systems and communities


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