HURON — On March 26, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross announced more than $12.3 million in investments to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 7,113 rural South Dakota residents.

“Water infrastructure provides a foundation for economic prosperity in rural communities,” Gross said. “Embracing innovation with our partners ensures rural South Dakotans have the infrastructure to thrive.”

Nationwide, USDA is working with local partners to provide financing for 49 water and environmental infrastructure projects. The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool or through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

Below is an investment USDA is making in South Dakota:

  • South Lincoln Rural Water System Inc. in Beresford is receiving a $12,392,000 loan to build a water treatment plant, improve small diameter pipe looping, and improve the main line. The project will improve water quality and water delivery for the system's 7,113 customers. The project also will help ensure the system has the capacity to support future growth.

USDA is making investments in rural communities in: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

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