Queenstown receives USDA loan, grant for water system
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.
If the town proceeds with the project, funds will help construct a new water tower and new water main lines.