USDA is investing $281 million to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 36 states and territories, including North Carolina and South Carolina.
In North Carolina, $93,000 in loans and $607,000 in grants will be used to construct a sewer collection and transport system to serve the town of Speed in Edgecombe County. In Jones County, a Rural Development investment of almost $3 million in grants and loans will be used to cover the cost of a project designed to increase water supply capability.
The city of Inman, South Carolina will use grants and loans of more than $12 million to expand its existing waste water treatment plant capacity.
Through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits. The funds will help rural communities replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones, and upgrade water and wastewater handling systems that are decades old.
Find the full list of funded projects here.