Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $307 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 34 states, as well as Puerto Rico.
Among the projects benefiting from the grant is Harvel Drainage District No. 2, which serves 243 residents in Montgomery County. The project includes installation of 8 in., 10 in., 12 in., 15 in., 18 in., 24 in. and 30 in. drain tile pipe along with associated miscellaneous appurtenances.
This will meet current Illinois EPA regulations and bring the facility back to acceptable standards.
The investments follow President Joe Biden’s announcement of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that will make the largest investment in clean drinking water in American history. The Framework will replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines, helping address barriers faced by communities of color, Tribal communities and people who live in rural America.
“Every community needs safe, reliable and modern water and wastewater systems,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The consequences of decades of disinvestment in physical infrastructure have fallen most heavily on communities of color. This is why USDA is investing in water infrastructure in rural and Tribal communities that need it most – to help them build back better, stronger and more equitably than ever before.”
USDA is financing the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The investments will help eliminate outdated pipes and service lines to safeguard public health and safety in rural communities. They will improve rural infrastructure for 250,000 residents and businesses.
Other investments are being made in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.
For more information, visit www.usda.gov.