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.
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.
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.
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