USDA approves eight water projects for rural Kansas

USDA approves eight water projects for rural Kansas

USDA loans and grants totaling more than $10 million will fund water and wastewater infrastructure

Eight projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural Kansas communities have been been approved to loans and grants from USDA Rural Development.

“USDA assists rural Kansas communities update water and wastewater infrastructure to better prepare for economic growth and by providing modern infrastructure for residents,” said stat director Patty Clark.  “Communities and rural regions will need to work together to address water treatment and distribution systems that reflect the challenges of diminishing water supplies, clean water standards and long-term affordability.”

USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. 

Since 2009, USDA has helped provide improved water and wastewater services to nearly 18 million rural residents by investing $12.3 billion in 5,174 projects.

In Kansas, eight projects are receiving a total of $10,132,500 in USDA Rural Development financing to upgrade their water and wastewater infrastructure.

The City of Delia will get Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Grant for $17,000. The funds will be used to pay an engineering firm to conduct the Preliminary Engineering Report and the Kansas Rural Water Association will be hired to complete the Environment Report of the city’s water system. 

The City of Edna will receive a $1.2 Million Water and Waste Disposal Loan. Funds will be used to install a gravity collection system and lift station to replace an area of the city currently served by failing individual septic tanks and grinder pumps.

The city of Moline is getting a $9,500 Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities & Households Grant. Funds will be used to pay an engineering firm to conduct the Preliminary Engineering Report and the Kansas Rural Water Association will be hired to complete the Environment Report of the city’s water infrastructure. 

The city of Qzawkie is receive a $3.8 million Water and Waste Disposal Loan. Funds will be used to rehabilitate approximately 40,980 linear feet of waste disposal pipelines and repairing 38 manholes.

The city of Severy will receive a $310,000 Water and Waste Disposal Loan and $211,000 Water and Waste Disposal Grant .Funds will be used to install approximately 14,800 feet of water lines. 

The city of Williamsburg will get a $24,000 Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Grant. Funds will be used to pay an engineering firm to conduct the Preliminary Engineering Report and the Kansas Rural Water Association will be hired to complete the Environment Report of the city’s waste water system.

Doniphan County Rural Water District #6 is receiving a $588,000 Water and Waste Disposal Loan and $973,000 Water and Waste Disposal Grant. Funds will be used to develop a new rural water district that serves 240 users, which will require 112 miles of water distribution lines and construction of a 150,000 gallon steel standpipe Public Whole Water Supply District No. 25 will get a $3 Million Water and Waste Disposal Loan.

Funds will be used to construct a reverse osmosis water treatment plant, a 250,000 gallon elevated water storage tank, a booster pump station, as well as developing three new wells and installing approximately 33 miles of water lines. 

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for loans and grants to build rural water infrastructure. Applications may be completed online through RDAPPLY, a new electronic filing system, and at state and local Rural Development offices. Public entities (counties, townships and communities), non-profit organizations and tribal communities with a population of 10,000 or less are eligible to apply. Interest rates for this program are at historically low levels, ranging from 2 percent to 3.25 percent. Loan terms can be up to 40 years. For more information, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rd-apply.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $213 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling 785-271-2700, or by visiting the agency’s website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/ks

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