USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the allocation of more than $615 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The USDA’s Rural Development Water and Environmental Program provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.

The funding announced will go to 193 projects and create an estimated 12,000 jobs. The projects will help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns and communities in 34 states.

"Aging water and waste infrastructure systems threaten the ability of rural communities to provide clean, reliable drinking water to residents and protect precious environmental resources." says Vilsack. "These investments will help bring increased economic benefits to rural America by providing needed water, water systems and creating jobs."

For more information about USDA rural Development, click here. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

Source: USDA