CONGRESSMAN MORELLE ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $4 MILLION TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY AND SAFETY IN TOWN OF SWEDEN
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that the Town of Sweden has been awarded a more than $4 million in grant and loan funding through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure clean, reliable drinking water is available to residents.
“Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right for all Americans – but for many rural communities, that is not always the reality,” said Rep. Morelle. “I’m grateful to the USDA for this investment that will help strengthen aging infrastructure and ensure the families of Sweden have clean and reliable water service they can depend on.”
“Residents throughout the southern portion of our Town struggle each day with water quantity and quality issues because of poor private wells and the lack of public water infrastructure,” said Sweden Supervisor Kevin Johnson. “The combination of loan and grant monies extended to some of these Sweden residents by the USDA will resolve this most basic of human needs-access to a clean and reliable supply of water. Sweden is thankful for the partnership of the USDA in this endeavor.”
Funding awarded by the USDA Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program includes $2 million in loans and $2.3 million in grant funding to construct a Lake Road and Redman Road waterline in the town of Sweden. The project will extend an existing public water system to residents that currently have poor quality and quantity of water, improving the safety and reliability of their water sources.