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USDA Announces Northern Michigan Water Improvements
Michigan Ag Connection - 08/09/2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe Thursday announced that USDA is investing $135 million in 49 projects to improve rural water infrastructure in 24 states.

"Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to partner with rural communities to address their current and long-term water needs," Rupe said. "Modernizing water infrastructure will yield key health benefits and help spur economic growth -- making rural places even more attractive to live and work."

USDA is making the investments through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural cities and towns, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

The Village of Benzonia, in Benzie County, will use a $945,000 loan and $1,375,000 grant to install larger watermains in various sections of the village, add a well, paint the water tower, install a new generator at well Number 3, and replace water meters with a radio read system. The water system serves 214 residential and 58 commercial customers.

"USDA Rural Development is making historical investments in Michigan's water infrastructure, but there is clearly more to do," said USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen. "There has never been a better time for rural communities to contact us and learn how we can work together to make Michigan healthier and stronger."

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