Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a total of $9,426,307 million in grants and $10,136,000 in loans to five North Dakota cities. The funds are awarded through Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program. Details of the funding are as follows:
- City of New Rockford – $4.526 million grant, $4.734 million loan – The funds will be used to replace water mains, paint the water tower and improve the water treatment plant and storm water infrastructure.
- City of Langdon – $2.169 million grant, $2.731 million loan – The funds will be used to update and build new water and sanitary sewer main infrastructure, helping to reduce operating costs.
- City of New Salem – $1.613 million grant, $2.084 million loan – The funds will be used to replace water and sewer pipes as well as re-surface roads once the pipe replacement is complete.
- City of Dodge – $896,507 grant, $300,000 loan – The funds will be used to support efforts to stabilize and improve the wastewater ponds originally constructed over 60 years ago, making currently inoperable parts of the system functional.
- City of Mercer – $221,800 grant, $287,000 loan – The funds will be used to construct a new lift station and repair sewer lines, helping to address a health and sanitary issue identified by the North Dakota Department of Health.
“Every community, regardless of size, needs quality water and waste infrastructure to support its residents and businesses,” said Hoeven. “Today’s water infrastructure investments upgrade many systems that have continued to operate beyond their expected life cycles. These improvements will improve residents’ health and make the water and waste infrastructure in Dodge, New Salem, Mercer, New Rockford and Langdon more efficient.”