WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, a senior members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) has awarded a total of $700,000 in grants and loans to Allegany County for water and waste-disposal projects and pre-development planning purposes.
“Having modern and reliable water infrastructure protects public health, conserves natural resources, saves energy and creates jobs. For each public dollar we put into water infrastructure, we see an increase in private long-term GDP output of more than six dollars,” said Senator Cardin, author of S. 741, The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act. “Residents of Mt. Savage deserve the public health benefits and economic growth that come with having up to-date-wastewater systems. This wise investment in Maryland’s water infrastructure shows how America can create jobs and improve the quality of people’s lives by planning proactively, rather than waiting for our crumbling roads, bridges and water systems to fail.”
“Maryland cities and towns need to upgrade their water and sewer infrastructure but they can’t do it on their own,” Senator Mikulski said. “These funds in the federal checkbook will allow our rural communities in Allegany to update critical infrastructure. By investing in our water infrastructure, we are investing in the health and safety of Maryland families and businesses.”
“Up-to-date water and waste infrastructure is critical to the health of our families, the health of our environment, and the quality of life in Western Maryland,” said Congressman John K. Delaney. “If we want to see improved economic growth and a flourishing jobs market, our investment in water infrastructure should reflect that. This grant will help businesses create local job opportunities and will provide Allegany County with the financial tools necessary to build stronger water infrastructure and a stronger economy.”
Allegany County received a $600,000 grant and a $100,000 loan to extend their current waterline in Mt. Savage to an additional 40 homes along Rt. 36 to Barrelville Rd.
The USDA Rural Development grant program was created to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. The program helps support essential services and infrastructure improvements, and promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools.