Rural Development Grants Available for Water Systems

Grants available to rural water systems to help restore and repair water lines after historic storms.

The United State’s Department of Agriculture’s office of Rural Development has grants available to rural water systems that were negatively impacted by the historic winter storms Oklahoma saw last week.

These Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants are available for rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less, tribal lands or colonias and grant up to $150,000 to help repair water lines. The program exists to help restore households and businesses’ access to clean reliable drinking water in rural areas after a natural disaster.

“The damage caused from record cold temperatures is extensive and these grants will likely go a long way to helping restore rural Oklahoma,” ORWA Deputy CEO, Jimmy Seago said.

Applications for these grants can be found here.

For more information please contact the Community Program Director for your specific region. View the map below:

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For the latest information on the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, visit orwa.org.

— Written by JD Rosman

The Oklahoma Rural Water Association was formed in 1970 and was the first of its kind, giving a voice for rural water systems and districts across the state. Today, ORWA represents more than 550 water and wastewater utilities, providing management solutions, training opportunities, serves as their legislative voice, and provides technical assistance to its membership. The ORWA works to meet the needs of its members, always working to provide the best and safest water supply to its customers. Learn more about ORWA at orwa.org.

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