USDA Rural Development Invests $2.4 Million in New Shoreham Town to Upgrade its Water System

Mary Grosso
Amherst, MA
Release Date
Aug 03, 2020

Project will Benefit 467,000 Americans in Rural Communities

The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $462 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America. In Rhode Island, New Shoreham Town will receive funding.

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA Rural Development State Director George E. Krivda, Jr., a Trump Appointed Official, said, “This investment of $2.4 million in a rural Rhode Island water system is another example of the Trump Administration’s dedication to ensuring rural residents have the critical infrastructure they need to thrive. Supporting rural people, businesses, and communities is the cornerstone of our work at USDA Rural Development.”

In Rhode Island, New Shoreham Town will use the funds to replace the Payne Road and High Street water main. The new main will connect to the existing one on High Street. This project represents a modest approach and the most reliable and cost-effective solution to provide safe and reliable water distribution to the town.

USDA is funding 161 projects in 44 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will benefit 467,000 residents. The investments that USDA announced today are being made in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

To learn more about investment resources for rural areas in Rhode Island, interested parties should contact Jennifer Lerch, Community and Business Programs Director, at

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

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