WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rural communities around the U.S. will soon enjoy improved water infrastructure per United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments.

According to a press release Monday, the USDA announced that it is providing $82 million in loans and grants for the purpose of improving water and waste water systems in communities of less than 10,000 people.

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A group of 20 states including Missouri are set to receive the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Eligible communities, utilities and water districts are able to use the loan or grant to improve waste disposal, stormwater drainage and drinking water systems in rural areas.

The USDA also provides an interactive online tool to make applying for a grant or loan simpler and faster. USDA field offices are also available to answer questions about the application process.

For more information about the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, visit the USDA’s website.