HURON — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Dakota State Director Julie Gross has announced that WEB Water Development Association, Inc., the City of Wagner, and the City of Bowdle have been awarded combined federal funding of $24,368,000 to improve community infrastructure. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“USDA is committed to assisting rural communities improve their infrastructure needs,” said Gross. “The funding will assist with operating efficiencies and create safe, reliable water systems to better serve the respective community’s rural residents. When rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

The projects funded include:

• The City of Wagner will receive a $1,726,000 loan and a $2,364,000 grant to replace approximately 2,700 linear feet of asbestos-cement water pipe, and approximately 7,765 linear feet of clay and asbestos-cement sewer pipe. In addition, manholes will be replaced throughout various parts of the city, as well as the sewer grit chamber. This project will improve the delivery of water and sewer throughout the city of Wagner, as well as create an environment for cleaner and safer drinking water.

The announcement is part of a larger statement from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy who announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states. The projects announced are in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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.

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