Talbot Wastewater Project Among $272M in Federal Projects Through USDA

USDA recently announced a $272 million investment to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, $600,000 of which is headed for Talbot County.

The USDA has recently announced $272 million to finance 114 rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. These investments will help improve rural infrastructure for 270,000 people and businesses. Talbot County has one of the selected projects under the USDA’s investment scheme and will receive $600,000.

According to the USDA’s press release:

Acting State Director for Rural Development Delaware – Maryland, Scott Kessel, said that investments like these are what helps the people of our rural communities the most.

“The $600,000 investment in Talbot County is another example of the capabilities that we at Rural Development have when it comes to providing for our communities,” said Kessel. “We saw the importance of this program last year when small communities in Maryland were in desperate need of assistance for their water supply needs and we were able to step in and help. We look forward to seeing more applicants for this program as we move forward and hope that we can help as many people as possible.” . . .

(the)Talbot County… investment… will be used to replace the belt filter press and pump at the Region II Wastewater Treatment Plant located in Talbot County, Maryland.  The ability to completely dry the sludge will result in increased processing efficiency at the plant and eliminate the need to have the unprocessed sludge sent off-site for treatment, which resulted in additional costs for hauling and disposal.

The grants are being administered through USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and stormwater drainage. The program serves people and businesses in eligible rural areas with populations of 10,000 or less.

Read USDA’s full press release. 

Learn more about USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.