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Four Michigan towns benefit from USDA funding

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One local community is among a handful set to receive funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Village of Farwell in Clare County will be able to continue work on its water system, including making improvements to one of its well houses, and replacing some sections of water main.

Funding comes in the form of a $307,000 grant along with another $376,000 in low interest loans.

The department is investing $256 million across 35 states to make improvements to water and waste water infrastructure in rural communities.

Michigan’s USDA Rural Development Director is Jason Allen. He said the state’s “abundant fresh water is a blessing that carries with it great responsibility.” He also said making improvements to infrastructure in four of the state’s rural communities will safeguard water resources for future generations.

In Michigan, the USDA is investing more than $3 million in low interest loans and $380,000 in grant funds.

Along with Farwell, the Village of Beulah in Benzie County, the Village of Port Sanilac in Sanilac County and the Village of Ravenna in Muskegon County will be able to bolster funding for water and waste disposal projects.

The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program gives small rural communities the ability to finance projects that would otherwise be out of their reach.

According to the USDA, the program not only helps the residents in the small communities, but also creates opportunities for business growth.

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