Morgantown, WV, Jul 30, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of $240,000 and Grant of $160,000 for the Town of Grantsville, Calhoun County, WV.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
Rural Development funds will be used to make much needed improvements to the Town's existing wastewater collection and treatment facility. The Town is currently under order by the WV Department of Environmental Protection to remedy system inflow and infiltration issues. Repairs are required to ensure that the system is brought back into compliance.
"This project will benefit the approximately 300 homes and businesses connected to the wastewater system," stated Lewis.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration, the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.