Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2015 - (Page 33)

USDA Rural Development Helping Meet the Needs of Water Providers u BY JACQUELINE PONTI-LAZARUK, ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR, WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS RURAL DEVELOPMENT, RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE USDA Rural Development has a long, rich history of working with rural America's smallest and most needy communities to provide loan and grant assistance for essential water and sewer infrastructure projects. Since 2009, we have helped more than 15 million rural residents receive new or improved water and waste disposal services, emergency water assistance and technical help. Our assistance has been as varied as the need: for new or upgraded water and sewage treatment plants, equipment, wells and even water itself for drought-inflicted communities. Our program started as a partnership with rural communities. It was designed with an understanding of how good, clean, affordable and reliable service interconnects with every other aspect of life in rural America and the knowledge of how important rural contributions are to the national economy. Seventy-eight years RURAL WATER 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2015

From The President
State Specialists Lead Efforts to Protect Community Drinking Water
Energy Efficiency 101
Assisting Utilities through Sustainable Management Initiative
Technology Update: Cyber Threats Not Limited to Large Retailers and Health Insurers
Making Connections
The Rural Water Loan Fund
USDA Rural Development
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2015