The USDA is doling out $256 million for 81 projects across the country to improve water and wastewater infrastructure, three of which are in Indiana. Gibson Water, Inc., Romney Regional Sewer District, and the Town of Troy have been awarded USDA loans.
Gibson Water, Inc. received over $2.4 million to complete improvements to their distribution system and to ensure the system is able to meet future demands. The project consists of five separate system reinforcement improvements, which cover parts of Gibson County, including the town of Haubstadt.
The Romney Regional Sewer District was loaned $224,000 to be used to build a collection system and treatment plant. Many homes in the Tippecanoe County community rely on old septic systems, tiles, and a 5,000 gallon vault that collects sewage to send to local waterways, and some homes in the area have no septic systems at all.
The town of Troy, in Perry County, will use over $2.1 million to build a water treatment plant and to install a raw water filtration system. The plant will be installed on the raw water main, between the well field and the town. The town’s water supply has a high level of manganese, which is causing health and sanitary issues. The project hopes to reduce, or even eliminate, the manganese from the town’s water supply.
USDA Rural Development Indiana State Director Michael Dora says “strong infrastructure is critical to keeping Indiana’s communities thriving, and USDA is proud to help improve the livelihood of our towns by providing access to reliable water and wastewater systems.” “Projects like these are critical to the economy, health, and future of our rural areas, and today many Hoosier residents now have improved water and wastewater services.”