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    Spanish Valley is one of three Utah communities to receive funding needed for water projects, according to USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Randy Parker, who announced in an email that USDA is investing $3.7 million in the projects that will improve rural water infrastructure for communities in central and southeastern Utah.

    Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District, which serves the Spanish Valley area of northern San Juan County and a portion of southern Grand County, is receiving a $1,950,000 loan and $942,000 grant. This project will replace and expand a significant portion of the current water service area. More than 1,600 feet of aging or low-capacity pipe must be replaced along with well and chlorination system improvements. Previous funding for this project includes $4,780,000 in USDA loans and grants.

    “USDA is committed to long-term rural prosperity, which includes meeting the critical water needs of communities in arid states like ours,” Parker said in the email. “The investments we’re announcing … will make essential improvements to water infrastructure in three rural Utah areas, which will allow for advanced public safety and economic development.”

    Funding is provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural communities, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents, according to USDA.

    Two towns in Sevier County are also receiving help. Annabella will receive a $527,000 loan and $250,000 grant for major culinary water system improvements. Central Valley will receive a $60,000 loan and $30,000 grant to restore town springs. This funding comes on top of $723,000 in loans and grants that USDA previously obligated to the project, according to USDA.

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