Rural communities can apply now for a USDA Rural Development loan to help them build or upgrade water infrastructure. More than $4 billion in direct loans is available, which is a substantial increase from 2017, when the USDA helped more than 2.5 million rural residents get access to upgraded water and wastewater systems. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
Water districts and rural communities can apply for USDA loans electronically using the interactive RDApply tool on the USDA Rural Development website. Also, USDA state and field offices are great resources to use during the application process.