FORT LAUDERDALE, Fl. — The USDA announced that approximately $192 million will be invested in rural water and wastewater infrastructure.

According to a press release Wednesday, 71 projects spanning 29 states will recieve funding with the goal of improving the quality of life within rural communities.

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Missouri, Kansas and Iowa are among the states set to recieve funding through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Towns with 10,000 or fewer residents may use the allocated money for upgrades to stormwater drainage, drinking water and wastewater disposal systems.

Joel Baxley, Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, was quoted in the press release stating how loan and grant programs aimed at rural communities have become priorities for the USDA.

“President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue were very clear when they directed Rural Development to identify and meet rural water needs as a foundational pillar in improving rural infrastructure,” Baxley explained, “Safe and reliable water infrastructure is critical to the health, safety and economic vitality of rural America. Without access to safe water and functional wastewater treatment, sustainable growth in rural areas is not possible.”

A complete list of projects is available on the USDA’s website. Producers may also visit their local Rural Development field office for more information about applications for the loan and grant program.