Friday, May 01, 2009

Stimulus money allocated to improving rural water

Almost $616 million of the economic stimulus package will go toward improving rural water quality, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week. The money will go to 193 projects in 34 states, creating or saving an estimated 12,000 jobs, says a U.S. Department of Agriculture press release.

"Aging water and waste infrastructure systems threaten the ability of rural communities to provide clean, reliable drinking water to residents and protect precious environmental resources." said Vilsack. "These investments will help bring increased economic benefits to rural America by providing needed water, water systems and creating jobs." The release lists the projects and allocated funds by state. (Read more)

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