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USDA Notice of Funding Available

Posted By TRWA Communications , Wednesday, October 24, 2018
In September, USDA–RD announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to repair water and wastewater systems damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Over $163 million in supplemental grants is available to qualifying systems, and applications will be accepted until all funds are exhausted. 

To be eligible for funding, the applying water and/or wastewater facility must serve a rural area and be located in one of the federally-declared disaster counties for these hurricanes. In the instance of Hurricane Harvey, this includes the 41 originally declared counties. If you are located in one of the additional 19 counties Governor Abbott later declared as disaster areas for Hurricane Harvey, please visit the FEMA website to determine if that county is eligible for funding. This can be accessed at

Funds must be used for repairs or reimbursement for expenses incurred as a result of damage caused by the hurricanes. This would include water offices, records, office equipment, SCADA, etc., as well as most equipment. Please note that storm drainage or building new storm drainage does not apply with this funding; instead, systems would need to use the regular RD loan/grant program in these cases. 

For details and more information on how to apply, see page 46137 of the September 12 Federal Register. For your convenience, we have this document and other resources linked to this post. 

Questions about the application process may be directed to the USDA Rural Development State Office. The Texas office can be reached at (254) 74-9700.  You can also visit their website at

If you have any questions or need assistance, systems can contact their TRWA Circuit Rider, Wastewater Technician or their local USDA-RD Loan Specialist. 

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