Southwestern Bartholomew Water receives federal loan for improvements

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corporation is receiving a federal loan to upgrade its services. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett on Monday announced a historic commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to upgrade and rebuild rural water infrastructure. The announced focused on three Indiana projects totaling $17.4 million.

Federal officials say $2,305,000 loan will go to work to improve water pressure, which is high in some areas and low in others. These upgrades are also will provide additional storage capacity and allow for anticipated growth.

The USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corporation supplies water to the majority of west central Bartholomew County and the far eastern portion of Brown County.