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'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of waste disposal infrastructure in Alabama and the discovery that a number of rural residents whose homes are not attached to municipal sewer systems may have tropical diseases. Touches on the barriers to addressing the infrastructure problem, including problems faced by people who do have septic systems or who are attached to the sewer system. Also references other places with similar problems related to waste disposal infrastructure, including Native American reservations, where fewer than half of homes are connected to sewers. What these areas have in common is that they tend to already be poor and populated by members of marginalized groups.
Source: Governing
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USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities
Jul 16, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is investing $267 million to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. These investments will be made through 103 infrastructure projects in 35 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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USDA Enhances the Quality of Life in Rural Areas by Building or Improving Essential Community Service Facilities
Jun 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) announced the investment of $237 million through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. This will fund projects in 119 rural community service facilities in 29 states.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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RUS: Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines Federal Register
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Revolving Fund Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $1,000,000 will be available for lending programs to finance water or wastewater systems for rural communities. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels Federal Register
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $993,000 will be available for lending programs to finance the construction or repair of household water wells for existing homes. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA Announces $309 Million Investment in Rural Electric Utilities
Jun 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $309 million in 16 projects that will build or improve on electric line serving rural homes, farms, and businesses in 12 states. These loans are being made through the USDA's Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Rural Water Systems in Louisiana Struggle to Keep the Taps Flowing
Jun 1, 2018 - Focuses on access to water in rural areas of Louisiana. Because rural water systems often have fewer people to pay for infrastructure upgrades, chemicals, and monitoring, they often had more health violations and are much more vulnerable that larger, urban systems.
Source: The Advocate
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USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities
May 23, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $256 million to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas of 35 states. These loans and grants, awarded through the USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, will fund 81 projects to finance drinking water, storm water drainage, and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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