Ludowici’s water system is slated to have some substantial upgrades after a massive investment via a grant from the federal government.
The Trump Administration recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states. The USDA is funding 76 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
$1,985,000 in grants will be paid out to the city in addition to $4,914,000 in loans for water and environmental program improvements.
The City of Ludowici in Long County was the only city in Georgia to be awarded funding through this project.
This Rural Development investment will be used to improve the city’s water system. The project will consist of 82,600 linear feet of six inch water distribution pipe, 280 valves, 133 fire hydrants, 751 service connections and re-connections, 9,075 linear feet of asphalt roadway replacement, 2,025 linear feet of concrete, well house rehabilitation, storm water monitoring, 4,905 linear feet of gravel, erosion control, and appurtenances.
“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
You can see the full list of awards here.