Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced that the USDA has awarded $9 million in grant funding and a $4 million loan to Storey County to improve its wastewater infrastructure. The funding will go toward replacing more than 13 miles of sewer lines in Virginia City and the failing community septic system in Gold Hill.
“Water and wastewater improvements provide a foundation for a clean environment and economic growth in rural communities, especially in Nevada. This funding will provide much-needed improvements for Storey County and play a role in rural Nevada’s continued growth,” Reid said. “I thank the USDA and Secretary Vilsak for working with me on projects that improve the lives of Nevadans. I will continue to ensure that Nevada has the 21st century infrastructure it needs to expand opportunity throughout the Silver State.”
In 2014, with the Senate under Democratic control, Senator Reid led the charge in passing a multi-year Farm Bill, which included critical investments that helped the USDA continue to fund rural development. The USDA is currently providing $299 million to 88 projects throughout the United States in the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program and $15 million for 53 grants under the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant program. This latest grant and loan announcement builds on the $7 million in funding the USDA provided to replace Virginia City’s wastewater treatment plant in 2013.