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Water and Environmental Programs
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT admin-

Water and Waste Disposal Grants

isters water and wastewater loan and
grant programs to improve the quality
of life and promote economic development in rural America. This assistance is
available through Rural Development's
Rural Utilities programs.

These grants reduce water and waste
disposal costs to a reasonable level for
users of the system. Grants are made, in
some instances, for up to 75 percent of
eligible project costs. Eligibility requirements are the same as for direct loans.

Water and waste disposal
direct and guaranteed loans

Technical Assistance and
Training Grants

Direct Loans

These grants are made to private nonprofit organizations to provide technical
assistance and/or training to associations
located in rural areas and to cities and
towns with a population of 10,000 or less.
Grant assistance is available to qualified applicants to identify and evaluate
solutions to water and waste disposal
problems, to improve the operation and
maintenance of existing water and waste
disposal facilities and to assist associations in preparing applications for water
and waste disposal facilities.

The assistance is available at no
charge and may be requested by officials of rural water systems or by Rural
Development personnel. It complements
supervisory assistance provided by
Rural Development personnel.
SEARCH Grants

These loans are offered to develop
water and wastewater systems, including solid waste disposal and storm
drainage, in rural areas and in cities
and towns with a population of 10,000
or less. Funds are available to public
entities such as municipalities, counties, special-purpose districts and Indian
tribes. In addition, funds may be made
available to corporations operated on a
not-for-profit basis.
Priority is given to public entities, in
areas with less than 5,500 people, to
restore a deteriorating water supply, or
to improve, enlarge or modify a water
facility or an inadequate waste facility. Also, preference is given to requests
which involve the merging of small
facilities and those serving low-income
communities.
Applicants must be unable to obtain
funds from other sources at reasonable
rates and terms. The maximum term
for all loans is 40 years; however, no
repayment period will exceed state
statutes or the useful life of the facility. Interest rates are adjusted quarterly
and may be obtained from any Rural
Development office.

Applications
Solid Waste Management Grants

These are made to public and private nonprofit organizations to provide
technical assistance and/or training to
associations located in rural areas and
to cities and towns with a population of
10,000 or less.
Grant assistance must be used to
reduce or eliminate pollution of water
resources and/or to improve planning
and management of solid waste facilities.
Grants are made to enhance operator
skills in operations and maintenance,
identify threats to water resources and
reduce the solid waste stream.

Guaranteed Loans

Rural Water Circuit Rider
Technical Assistance

These are available for the same purpose as direct loans. Guaranteed loans
are made and serviced by lenders such
as banks and savings and loan associations. Normally, guarantees do not
exceed 90 percent on any loss of interest
and principal on the loan.

Circuit Riders provide on-site technical assistance to help assure cost-effective operation of rural water systems.
USDA Rural Development Circuit
Riders can provide assistance with
day-to-day operational, financial and
management problems.

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These are grants for predevelopment
planning for water and waste projects in
financially distressed rural communities
with populations of 2,500 or less. The
SEARCH program provides financial
assistance to the most eligible communities based on need.
The predevelopment planning grant
funds can be used for feasibility studies,
technical assistance and design assistance for water and waste disposal infrastructure needs. The maximum grant
amount is $30,000. No matching funds
are required.

Information about the Water and
Environmental Programs and advice on
how to assemble information to determine engineering feasibility, economic
soundness, cost estimates, organization,
financing and management matters may
be obtained from Rural Development
field offices. These offices are usually
listed in local telephone directories under
"U.S. Department of Agriculture."
For More Information
See the Water and Waste Disposal
Programs website (www.rd.usda.gov/
programs-services/water-waste-disposalloan-grant-program) or write your local
or state USDA Rural Development office
(see the U.S. Government listing of your
phone directory under U.S. Department
of Agriculture), or the National Office at:
USDA Rural Development, Water and
Environmental Programs
STOP 1548, Washington, D.C. 20250-1548
Phone: (202) 690-2670,
Fax: (202) 720-0718


http://www.rd.usda.gov/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2017

From the President: Accomplishment
From the Executive Director: Time Flies…
VRWA Said “Goodbye” to Board Member and Friend Roy Markham
Basic Management Skills
Lessons from Louisiana
Planning for the Future
The 2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report
The Benefits of Pipe Marking for Water and Wastewater Facilities
Water and Environmental Programs
Recipe for Sustainably Managing Utilities
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
NRWA Recap
Throwing My Loop: Cowboy Up…
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - 4
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - 6
Streamline - Fall 2017 - From the President: Accomplishment
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 8
Streamline - Fall 2017 - From the Executive Director: Time Flies…
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 10
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Said “Goodbye” to Board Member and Friend Roy Markham
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 12
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Basic Management Skills
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 14
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Lessons from Louisiana
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - 18
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Planning for the Future
Streamline - Fall 2017 - The 2017 Virginia Water Resources Progress Report
Streamline - Fall 2017 - The Benefits of Pipe Marking for Water and Wastewater Facilities
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - Water and Environmental Programs
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Recipe for Sustainably Managing Utilities
Streamline - Fall 2017 - When and How to Use Piping Restraints
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - NRWA Recap
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - Throwing My Loop: Cowboy Up…
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 34
Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Fall 2017 - 36
Streamline - Fall 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
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Streamline - Fall 2017 - VRWA Committees
Streamline - Fall 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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