Queen­stown re­ceives USDA loan, grant for wa­ter sys­tem

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WASH­ING­TON, D.C. — The United States Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture re­cently an­nounced it is in­vest­ing

$1.2 bil­lion to help re­build and im­prove ru­ral wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture for 936,000 ru­ral Amer­i­cans liv­ing in

46 states. “In­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture ben­e­fits the ru­ral econ­omy and the well­be­ing of our en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy,” said USDA Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment State Di­rec­tor for Mary­land and Delaware Denise Love­lady. “Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment’s pro­grams are de­signed to help ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties ad­dress their in­fra­struc­ture needs and forge a path to­wards greater pros­per­ity.”

USDA is pro­vid­ing fi­nanc­ing for 234 wa­ter and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­fra­struc­ture projects through the Wa­ter and Waste Dis­posal Loan and Grant pro­gram. The fund­ing can be used for drink­ing wa­ter, stormwa­ter drainage and waste dis­posal sys­tems for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties with 10,000 or fewer res­i­dents.

Locally, Queen­stown has been awarded a $1,828,000 loan and $1,358,000 grant to make im­prove­ments to its wa­ter sys­tem. Funds will help con­struct a new wa­ter tower and new wa­ter main lines. The ex­ist­ing wa­ter tower will be re­placed, the dis­in­fec­tion sys­tem will be up­graded, and a new well and treat­ment fa­cil­ity will be built.

The town com­mis­sion­ers have not de­cided whether to ac­cept the loan and grant yet. They have not voted to pro­ceed with the project. There are fi­nal de­tails that need to be worked out, said Amy Moore, town man­ager.

PHOTO BY JACK SHAUM

If the town pro­ceeds with the project, funds will help con­struct a new wa­ter tower and new wa­ter main lines.

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