MORGANTOWN, WV, Aug 26, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of $4,988,000 and Grant of $1,326,000 for Raleigh County Public Service District, Raleigh 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 approximately 148 additional households in Raleigh County," stated Lewis. The residents in the project area currently must rely on private wells that typically produce water of poor quality.
This project will provide a safe and reliable source of water and improve the lives of these rural Americans.
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.