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USDA dedicates funding to rural water infrastructure

A government organization is helping rural communities tackle water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste infrastructure projects.

AUDIO: Tim Helmbrecht, USDA Rural Development, Iowa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Rural Development (RD) on Tuesday pledged $164 million to rural water infrastructure. The investment will fund 54 projects in 25 states, including three Iowa-based projects.

Acting State Director for Rural Development in Iowa Tim Helmbrecht says the announcement will provide rural communities with infrastructure, which will help them prosper and thrive.

“Rural water and infrastructure in general is key to prosperity in rural communities,” Helmbrecht said. “Rural communities need basic infrastructure to thrive. We found that when we address key infrastructure needs, many other challenges in rural communities become more manageable. Things such as business expansion and increased homeownership.”

The City of Adel, located in Dallas County, is receiving $16.6 million in loan funding and $2.3 million in grant funding to improve its drinking water system. The town plans to address a wide array of facets, including adding two water supply wells, a transmission main, water main, a water treatment plant, additional capacity to its booster station and backup power supply.

The City of Brayton, located in Audubon county, is receiving $451,000 in loan funding and $318,000 in grant funding to replace its distribution system, as well as individual service lines connecting users to the city system.

The City of Goodell, located in Hancock County, is receiving $1 million in loan funding and $1.5 million in grant funding to construct a new wastewater collection and treatment facility.

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