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USDA Funds Water & Wastewater Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that two New York water and wastewater projects will receive $2,762,000 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).The New York awards are part of $74.6 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded through ARRA. The projects will provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for 28 rural communities in 18 states.“These Recovery Act projects will help create jobs, while providing safe drinking water and sanitary sewer for more than 400 rural New Yorkers,” said Jill Harvey, State Director for USDA Rural Development in New York. “This funding will also help ease the financial burden for these rural communities, who are facing significant fiscal challenges during these tough economic times.”The New York projects and awards are:· The Village of Lyndonville, Orleans County, $1,636,000 loan and grant combination. Grant is for $717,000; loan is for $919,000. Loan terms are 38 years at 3.25 percent interest. Improvements will include a new wastewater treatment plant lift station and three collection system lift stations. The improvements will benefit 355 residents, providing safe, sanitary sewer service.· The Town of Volney, Oswego County, $1,126,000 loan and grant combination. Grant is for $496,000; loan is for $630,000. Loan terms are 38 years at 3.25 percent interest. Private wells will be replaced with municipal water service, eliminating health threats and improving service for 61 residents along Silk and McDougal Roads.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. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact the Rural Development state office at (315) 477- 6400 or visit the USDA Rural Development’s website at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.

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