MORGANTOWN, WV, Aug 21, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of $538,000 and Grant of $432,300 for the Town of Harrisville, Ritchie 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 extend public water service to 34 additional households that currently must rely on private wells and cisterns as their only source of water," stated Lewis. These sources are known to produce water of poor quality and often run dry in the summer months.
Construction will include approximately eight miles of new waterline and necessary appurtenances.
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.