Water and Waste Disposal Systems for Rural Communities

Provide loan and grant funds for water and waste projects serving the most financially needy communities.

Financial assistance should result in reasonable user costs for rural residents, rural businesses, and other rural users.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Regional Agency Offices.

Consult local telephone directory under United States Government, Department of Agriculture, for Rural Development office number.

If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Palatka, City Of $ 388,913   2019-12-182021-12-18
Comunidad Divisoria Inc. $ 44,055   2019-09-302021-09-30
Comunidad Sector Los Gomez, Inc. $ 28,343   2019-09-172021-09-17
Pitts, City Of $ 562,000   2019-08-272021-08-27
Pueblo Of Laguna $ 7,742,202   2019-08-222021-08-22
La Grulla, City Of $ 2,683,068   2019-08-192021-08-19
Acueductos Bo Guayabota Yabucoa Inc $ 58,728   2019-08-142021-08-14
Military Highway Water Supply Corporation $ 1,905,000   2019-08-082021-08-08
Green River Valley Water District $ 1,163,000   2019-08-082021-08-08
Perry County Water Authority $ 1,612,000   2019-08-072021-08-07



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for the installation, repair, improvement, or expansion of a rural water facility including distribution lines, well pumping facilities and costs related thereto, and the installation, repair, improvement, or expansion of a rural waste disposal facility including the collection, and treatment of sanitary, storm, and solid wastes.

Eligible and ineligible expenses associated with the preceding are outlined in 7 CFR 1780.

No maximum loan amount is established by statute.

The maximum term on all loans is 40 years or the facility‚??s useful life, whichever is greater.

The term is also restricted by state statute.

There are currently three interest rates for direct loans: (1) a poverty rate that is 60 percent of the market rate, (2) an intermediate rate that is 80 percent of the market rate, and (3) a market rate.

The poverty interest rate will not exceed 5 percent per year.

The poverty rate may apply when the loan is required to meet health or sanitary standards and the median household income (MHI) of the service area is below the poverty line or 80 percent of the statewide nonmetropolitan Median Household Income, whichever is greater.

The intermediate rate applies when the MHI of the service area is not more than 100 percent of the statewide nonmetropolitan MHI, and the poverty rate does not apply.

The market rate applies when neither the poverty rate nor intermediate rate is applicable.

The interest rate on guaranteed loans is negotiable between the applicant and the lender.

Grant funds are used as needed, and available, to maintain reasonable rates for users.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Municipalities, counties, other political subdivisions of a State such as districts and authorities, associations, cooperatives, corporations operated on a not-for-profit basis, Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations and other Federally recognized Indian tribes.

The applicant must: (1) be unable to finance the proposed project from its own resources or through commercial credit at reasonable rates and terms; and (2) have the legal authority necessary for constructing, operating, and maintaining the proposed facility or service, and for obtaining, giving security for, and repaying the proposed loan.

Assistance is authorized for eligible applicants in rural areas of the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and to the extent the Secretary determines feasible and appropriate, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Users of the applicant systems, which are previously described as public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, and individuals.

Credentials/Documentation

Evidence of legal and organizational capacity, economic feasibility and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is requested. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. USDA Rural Development (RD) offices administer the program on the local level. Applications include the criteria specified within 7 CFR 1777. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement of applicants to file an application Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance, with the appropriate Rural Development (RD) Office.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed and scored for funding priority by the RD State Office. After the application has been reviewed at the local level, it is forwarded to the RD State Director for review and processing instructions. Following completion of application processing requirements and loan/grant approval, funds are made available to the applicant. As needed, the RD State Director may request supplemental funding from the RUS National Office.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Section 306, Public Law 92-419, 7 U.S.C. 1926.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Dependent upon funding and whether the application is considered complete. A determination on a complete application will be made within 15 federal working days. If complete, an eligibility and funding determination will be issued within 45 working days.

Appeals

An application determined ineligible may request a review of this decision with the National Appeals Division of USDA in accordance with USDA regulations at 7 CFR 11.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula. Funds are allocated to States based upon an established set of criteria. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not Applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Requests for funds are granted as needed.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements, Subpart F, Audit Requirements (Revised, December 26, 2013)nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Subpart F. Annual audit or Management Report

Records

Required to maintain records and accounts to assure funds are used for authorized purposes.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4218-0-3-452; 12-4155-0-3-452.

Obigations

(Direct Loans) FY 16 $1,187,928,146; FY 17 est $1,200,000,000; and FY 18 est $1,200,000,000. (Guaranteed/Insured Loans) FY 16 $7,028,500; FY 17 est $10,851,000; and FY 18 est $10,851,000. (Project Grants) FY 16 $428,989,305; FY 17 est $321,458,395; and FY 18 est $321,458,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(Direct Loans) $15,000 to $9,998,000; average $1,957,048 (Grants) $4,000 to $9,000,000; average $847,804 (Guaranteed/Insured Loans) $205,000 to $3,100,000; average $1,405,700.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR 1780, Water and Waste Loans and Grants, 7 CFR 1779, Water and Waste Disposal Program Guaranteed Loans.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Consult local telephone directory under United States Government, Department of Agriculture, for Rural Development office number. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Assistant Administrator, Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1548, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 690-2670.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In selecting applications for funding, the agency cooperates with appropriate State agencies. RUS assistance for water and waste disposal projects will be directed toward truly rural areas and rural communities. Considerations for available funds emphasize such criteria as, but not limited to: Population; low income unemployment; and health and sanitary problems. RUS financed facilities will be consistent with any development plans of the State, multi-jurisdictional area, county, or municipality in which the proposed project is located.



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