Alexander: Water and Waste Infrastructure Loans and Grants “Good News” for Rural Tennessee Communities Working to Keep Drinking Water Safe

Posted on September 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more than $6.6 million in federal loans and more than $2 million in grant funding for communities in Tennessee.

“This announcement is good news for these Tennessee communities that are working hard to keep our drinking water safe while shouldering the costly burden of maintaining aging water infrastructure. These loans and grants will help support these communities as they work to make our towns better for the people who live in them.”

The USDA’s announcement was part of its Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides loans and grants for drinking water and waste disposal infrastructure to communities with fewer than 10,000 residents.

The following Tennessee communities were awarded federal assistance for drinking water and waste disposal infrastructure:

  • Hartsville-Trousdale County Government – $1.85 million loan, $619,400 grant
  • City of Lobelville - $470,000 loan, $180,000 grant
  • City of Loretto - $536,000 loan, $100,200 grant
  • North Utility District of Rhea County - $45,000 grant
  • Town of Selmer - $2.41 million loan, $805,000 grant
  • South Giles Utility District - $300,000 loan
  • Watts Bar Utility District - $1.05 million loan, $350,000 grant


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