USDA is investing $256 million in over 80 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states. “No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity,” Anne Hazlett, assistant to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for rural development, said in announcing the funding at last week’s Arkansas Rural Development conference. The loans and grants are being awarded through USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program with funding provided in the FY 2018 omnibus spending bill. As an example of the projects being funded, the Tri County Regional Water Distribution District in Russellville, Ark., is receiving a $6.2 million loan to construct a water treatment plant with new intake and water lines. To see a complete list of the projects being funded, click here.

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