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Village of Oak Harbor Receives Major Investment for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2019 | Mikayla Hall (202-225-6405)

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the Village of Oak Harbor received an investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve their water infrastructure. The $3.83 million loan and $2.9 million grant is part of a $192 million investment through the USDA’s 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. 

“The modernization of our water infrastructure is a necessary undertaking,” said Congressman Latta. “This grant will make it easier for Oak Harbor to fund needed wastewater projects that will reduce flooding and prevent untreated wastewater from entering waterways in the western basin watershed.” 

 “President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue were very clear when they directed Rural Development to identify and meet rural water needs as a foundational pillar in improving rural infrastructure,” Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley said in a press release from the USDA. “Safe and reliable water infrastructure is critical to the health, safety and economic vitality of rural America. Without access to safe water and functional wastewater treatment, sustainable growth in rural areas is not possible.” 

Background

Congressman Latta has long been an advocate for improving our water infrastructure. Last Congress, he introduced the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act to provide states and municipalities with greater flexibility to manage wastewater and stormwater projects and improve their infrastructure long-term. Several provisions from this bill were included in the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, which was signed into law by President Trump last year. 

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