The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warding loans and grants for 141 projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities across the nation.
"Many rural communities need to upgrade and repair their water and
wastewater systems, but often lack the resources to do so," said Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack. "These loans and grants will help accomplish this goal. USDA's
support for infrastructure improvements is an essential part of building
strong rural economies."
The only award for New York state was in the town of Mexico, Oswego County. The loan amount is $1.485 million and the grant amount is $462,000 for the town's Water Service Area #3. The money comes from the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
USDA is awarding $299 million for 88 projects in the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and $15 million for 53 grants in the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant program.
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant program money enables water systems that serve eligible rural
communities to prepare for, or recover from, imminent or actual
emergencies that threaten the availability of safe drinking water.
and Waste program recipients can use funds to construct water and waste
facilities in rural communities.