The city of Norwich will receive almost a million dollars in water infrastructure funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced on Thursday that USDA is investing $135 million in 49 projects to improve rural water infrastructure in 24 states.

Norwich will receive $966,000 to provide additional financing for the replacement of its water filtration plant, which includes water storage. According to a media release, the water system has several cited deficiencies according to the state and federal sanitary code. The completion of the project will address the code deficiencies and alleviate the health and sanitary problems.

USDA said the project will allow Norwich "to continue to provide reliable water service to the 7,355 residents in a very-low income area." Previous funding includes $5.022 million in Rural Development loans and grants and a $1,113,263 contribution from the city.

USDA is making the investments through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural cities and towns, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, storm water drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.


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