The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced a $281 million investment for 106 projects to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure. 

Announced by deputy undersecretary for rural development Bette Brand, the funding will assist rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. 

Brand says the investments will “bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities.” 

USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. 

Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. 

The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits. 

The funds will help rural communities replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones, and upgrade water and wastewater handling systems that are decades old. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. 

For a list of funded projects, visit