September 24, 2020
By News Director Jared Atha
The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states, which includes a project in western Oklahoma.
The Trump Administration announced the project recently saying the USDA Rural Development project is funding 76 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will help to improve rural water infrastructure for 267,000 residents.
Three projects in Oklahoma will benefit from from the program including the Rural Water Sewer & Solid Waste Management District No. 1 in Beckham County. The district will use a $499,000 loan to purchase and install water meters. These improvements will help reduce the District’s water loss.
Other projects in the state benefiting from the grant program include the Carney Public Utilities Authority and the Tenkiller Utilities Authority.
The USDA says the investments announced are being made in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.