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USDA to invest in water infrastructure in 168 towns across nation

Staff Writer |
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making investments to improve water and waste infrastructure.

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Those investments are for 168 small towns across the country, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The investment, totaling $283 million, is made through USDA Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides assistance and financing to develop drinking water and waste disposal systems for communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

"Strong infrastructure is critical to keeping America's communities of all sizes thriving, and USDA is proud to partner with the National Rural Water Association to help improve the livelihood of our smallest towns by

"Projects like these are critical to the economy, health and future of rural America, and today 19 million residents now have improved water and wastewater services in their communities thanks to investments USDA has made since 2009."

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Brandon McBride made the announcement on Vilsack's behalf at the National Rural Water Association's WaterPro conference.

Funding for each project announced today is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement.

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