More Than $8.4 Million in Loans and Grants to Iowa for Earth Day

WASHINGTON, DC – April 22, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Senator Chuck Grassley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development has awarded loans and grants totaling $8,449,700 to five Iowa communities through a competitive process in the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“This funding will help provide important water and wastewater infrastructure to these communities,” Grassley said.

The USDA is awarding $144.3 million to 56 communities nationwide to improve water availability and quality in honor of the 39th anniversary of Earth Day. The Office of Rural Development has distributed funds to Iowans as listed below.

  • Iowa Regional Utilities Association in Newton will receive a $552,000 loan and a $530,000 grant to help construct a central sewer system for Stout. This project will install a gravity wastewater collection system and a two-cell treatment lagoon that will serve 89 households.
  • Iowa Regional Utilities Association in Newton will also receive a $2.9 million loan and a $2.05 million grant to help construct water distribution and storage facilities for rural residents in central Buchanan County, Quasqueton and Rowley. This project will serve approximately 400 households which are experiencing quality and quantity issues with their existing water supply.
  • Mahaska Rural Water Systems in Oskaloosa will receive a $736,000 loan and a $495,000 grant to help construct a wastewater collection and treatment facility that will serve 112 households in Tracy.
  • Iowa Lakes Regional Water in Spencer will receive a $409,000 loan and a $462,700 grant to help complete a wastewater collection and treatment system for Archer. This project will serve approximately 62 residential customers and 9 non-residential customers.
  • Regional Utility Service Systems Commission in Fairfield will receive a $138,000 loan and a $177,000 grant to help construct a sewer system for Rubio. This project will serve 23 users.

The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program provides funding to develop water and waste disposal, including solid waste disposal and storm drainage, systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000.

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