The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it is investing $201 million in rural water infrastructure projects.
The projects will take place in 31 states, including four locations in Indiana.
The towns Laurel, Wolcott, Boonville and Colombia City will each receive both loan and grant money from the USDA.
Laurel will receive a $201,000 loan and a $457,000 grant to bring it into compliance with Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulations for wastewater management. The funds will allow Laurel to bring improved wastewater services to 512 residents.
Boonville has been given a loan of$3.6 million and a grant of $629,000 for water utility renovation. Renovation projects include the addition of a new well, water main replacement, the construction of a new booster station, meter replacement, and installation of solar panels at the well field and treatment plant.
Wolcott has been awarded a $1.7 million loan and $1.3 million in grant money, which will be used to construct a new water treatment plant that will triple the town’s capacity. The new plant will replace one that was constructed in 1977.
Colombia City has received a loan of $2 million to renovate its sewer system, which has experienced flooding issues during recent extreme weather events.
The funding, provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, is distributed several times a year. So far in 2019, nearly $1.8 billion in grants have been awarded. Eligible applicants include cities, towns and water districts in rural areas.