The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that USDA Rural Development is investing about $10.05 million to renovate, improve water infrastructure in Indiana.
The town of Laurel in Franklin County is receiving a $201,000 loan and $457,000 grant to improve their wastewater treatment plant. Improvements will remove current sanctions related to e-Coli and chloride limits. The project will increase the reliability of the water treatment process and improve water quality for 512 residents at a reasonable rate for rural Franklin County.
Laurel also received a Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households grant of $30,000 to complete the engineering and environmental reports for this investment project.
The city of Boonville is receiving a loan of around $3.66 million and a $629,000 grant to renovate and improve their water utility system for the Boonville Water Utility service area. A new well will be installed within their existing well field, along with some meters and other targeted installation. Solar panels will be added to their existing well field and treatment plant and meters within the system will be replaced.