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USDA invests in rural water quality, wastewater management

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State Director for Rural Development Edd Hargett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $9.4 million to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in Texas. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“USDA understands that safe and reliable water infrastructure is vital for our rural communities,” Hargett said. “The investments announced today demonstrate our commitment to improving essential water and wastewater services that will enhance the prosperity of rural Texans.”

Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits.

The city of Smithville will use a $1.5 million loan and a $1.1 million grant to relocate water and wastewater distribution and collection lines due to the State Highway 95 widening project. The improvements will upgrade the infrastructure to provide increased water pressure and fire flow and wastewater service to the south side of the city, including the schools.

Below are the other water and wastewater projects in rural communities that will receive funding in Texas:

White River Municipal Water District will use a $664,000 loan and a $1.3 million grant as additional financing to construct improvements to the surface water treatment plant, Crosbyton-Ralls Booster Station, and the Post Booster Pump Station.

McClelland Water Supply Corporation will use a $2.6 million loan to make improvements to Plant 1 and to construct a new Plant 2 with a well, storage tank, pressure tank and boost pumps.

Sebastian Municipal Utility District will use a $1.1 million loan and a $881,000 grant to rehabilitate the water treatment plant and for the replacement of neglected equipment that is no longer functioning in a serviceable state.