Four Michigan communities, including two in our area, are getting help from the federal
government to improve rural water infrastructure.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division says Monday that they were investing $7.7 million in Michigan, with funds provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Here in Calhoun County, the Village of Homer is getting a $826,000 loan for wastewater system improvements, with many systems of the sewer set to see upgrades and replacements. In Kalamazoo County, the Village of Vicksburg is getting a total of $2.79 million in loans; the funding is going to replace over a thousand feet of water main and other improvements to the water distribution system, and to also replace part of the storm sewer system.

The other two loans are going to rural communities in Allegan and Houghton Counties.

These loans follow the recommendation by USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue to the President for various projects that would improve “agriculture and prosperity in rural communities”.