Kansas to receive $49.1 million to upgrade water, sanitary systems

(UI) — In an official statement, Christy Davis, the Kansas State Director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, revealed today a substantial allocation of $49.1 million to support the development and enhancement of clean drinking water and sanitary wastewater systems across rural regions of Kansas, KQ2 TV reported.

This funding announcement, specific to Kansas, is part of a comprehensive nationwide initiative spanning 35 other states and two territories.

Within Kansas, the allocation includes a $6.4 million loan earmarked for the revitalization of water systems in Perry. This initiative will encompass the modernization and installation of approximately 24,000 feet of the collection system and around 15,000 feet of associated pipelines and equipment. Additionally, a $2.22 million loan will be designated to rehabilitate the sewer collection system in Mankato.

Furthering this commitment, a financial package consisting of a $7.84 million loan and a $3.02 million grant has been assigned to the construction of vital infrastructure in Neosho County. This project involves the establishment of a booster station, the installation of a 400,000-gallon storage tank, and the replacement of 39 miles of lines, alongside the upgrade of 78 miles of existing lines.

Girard, a city in Kansas, is set to benefit from a substantial investment of $13.3 million in the form of a loan, complemented by a $3.39 million grant. These funds will be channeled into an extensive renovation of the city's water system. Similarly, Humboldt is slated to receive substantial support, with a $9.49 million loan and an accompanying $3.49 million grant earmarked for the comprehensive replacement of its water systems.

The financial backing for these initiatives is being provided through two key USDA programs: the Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and Grant Program, and the Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees Program.


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