USDA has more than $4 billion in funding to help rural communities build or upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure. Safe water is fundamental to improving the quality of life and growing stronger rural economies.
USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, storm water drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. For communities needing technical assistance, funding is available through USDA’s Circuit Rider program, located at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/circuit-rider-program-technical-assistance-rural-water-systems and through SEARCH grants, locatedhttps://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/search-special-evaluation-assistance-rural-communities-and-households.
Eligible rural communities and water districts can apply online for funding to maintain, modernize or build water and wastewater systems. Visit the interactive RD Apply tool, or apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.