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Waterloo will get new water district through USDA investment

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As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ongoing commitment to improving infrastructure and fostering job growth, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Brian Murray announced today an investment of over $9 million towards three projects in rural New York. The largest of these projects focuses on the town of Waterloo, Seneca County, aiming to bolster its water infrastructure.

The planned USDA Rural Development initiative in Waterloo seeks to construct a new water district. This includes the establishment of 6,900 linear feet of an 8-inch water main and its related services, connecting directly to the town’s existing water system. With this upgrade, residents of the district can anticipate access to a more dependable source of potable water, addressing concerns related to individual well issues.

State Director Murray emphasized the significance of this move, stating, “Powering people with modern infrastructure creates good-paying jobs and supports opportunities for people to build brighter futures. The investments we’re announcing today demonstrate the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensuring that people who live and work in rural areas have every opportunity to succeed.”

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The Waterloo initiative is part of a broader investment by the USDA, which aims to commit $808 million to enhance rural cooperatives and utilities. This allocation is intended to fortify electric infrastructure, ensuring electric grid reliability and security, and to provide clean drinking water and sanitary wastewater systems in rural sectors for the foreseeable future.

Today’s announcements also underline the Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan. An additional $78 million is earmarked for the remediation of lead pipes. With a sizeable portion of American households relying on water systems with lead components, the administration is vigorously pursuing the goal of replacing all lead service lines within the next ten years.

The USDA continues its mission to positively impact the lives of Americans, making strides in food system transformation, supporting fairer market practices, and endorsing climate-smart initiatives in food and forestry, especially in rural regions. For more information on USDA initiatives, visit