"Recovery Act projects are putting people to work and helping communities of all sizes build a foundation for economic strength and future prosperity," said Vilsack. "The water and wastewater projects we're announcing today are helping to achieve the Obama Administration's economic recovery goals by rebuilding and revitalize the nation's infrastructure while creating or retaining jobs."

USDA Rural Development's 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.  

For example, the City of Faulkton in Faulk County, S.D., will receive a loan and grant for $2.12 million to construct a new 125,000 gallon elevated water tower, purchase a standby electric generator for the pumping, and other upgrades that, combined, will improve the efficiency and modernize the community's water system. This investment will provide a significant boost to the quality of life for the city's 785 residents and an improvement for the city's fire protection services.


More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

Projects that Secretary Vilsack announced today include:


Frazier Park Public Utility District (Water); $2,100,000 loan; $1,000,000 grant


Town of New Hartford (Sewage); $3,594,000 loan; $4,026,790 grant


City of Blue Ridge (Water); $12,926,000 loan; $3,663,000 grant


City of Priest River (Water); $3,680,000 loan; $1,577,000 grant


Rattlesnake Ridge Water District (Water); $1,336,000 loan; $600,000 grant

Western Mason County Water District (Water): $700,000 loan; $300,000 grant


Gogebic Range Water Authority (Water); $7,917,000 loan; $3,000,000 grant

Hampton Township (Sewage); $13,224,000 loan; $4,776,000 grant

Kingston Water System (Water); $1,852,000 loan

Midland County – Edenville Township (Water); $8,550,000 loan; $450,000 grant

Port Hope Gore Rubicon Utility Authority (Water); $503,000 loan

Village of Union City – Sewer Lagoon (Sewage); $1,026,000 loan; $838,000 grant


Henry Co., PWSD No 3 (Water); $850,000 loan; $465,500 grant


North Lauderdale Water Association (Water); $1,025,000 loan

North Carolina:

North Lenoir Water Corporation (Water); $3,160,000 loan; $2,600,000 grant

New Hampshire:

Town of Farmington (Sewage); $4,619,000 loan; $5,882,000 grant

New York:

Village of Ellenville (Sewage); $5,244,000 loan; $1,941,000 grant

Village of Springville (Sewage); $3,000,000 loan


Paulding County – Auglaize River (Sewage); $2,524,000 loan; $3,406,000 grant

Puerto Rico:

PR Aqueduct 07 – PRASA 158 – Orocovis/El Gato (Sewage); $3,913,000 loan; $2,880,000 grant

South Carolina:

Clarendon County Water System Phase I (Water); $2,533,000 loan; $1,951,100 grant

South Dakota:

City of Eureka (Water); $454,000 loan; $453,000 grant

City of Faulkton (Water); $1,141,000 loan; $983,000 grant

City of Miller (Water); $765,000 loan; $351,000 grant

Town of Roslyn (Water and Sewage); $415,000 loan; $873,300 grant

City of Selby (Water); $280,000 loan; $234,000 grant


Town of Goshen (Water); $26,000 loan; $1,000,000 grant


Village of Barton (Sewage); $443,400 loan; $1,306,000 grant

Town of Pittsford (Water); $2,600,00 loan; $2,115,100 grant

Town of Troy (Water); $112,000 loan; $337,000 grant


City of Hoquiam (Sewage); $9,470,000 loan

Western Pacific:

Government of Guam (Solid Waste); $88,536,000 loan; $15,019,300 grant

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on February 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

More information about USDA's Recovery efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery , including a blog where people can 'Share Your Story' about how Recovery Act projects are impacting their communities. Additional information about the overall recovery program is available at http://www.recovery.gov/.