Part of the
Trump has proposed eliminating the program, which he calls “duplicative,” saving
Since 2006, the water program has authorized nearly
The average grant for
“It would be kind of devastating for small communities,” said
The city of
“It's just worn out,” she said.
Two years ago a shaft broke in one of the plant's two clarifying tanks, requiring it to be shut down for almost a month.
In addition to upgrading the treatment plant, the city is also moving its discharge pipe two miles away to avoid karst topography. Crevices in the current stream bed — a tributary of the
Grainger said the
“It's a huge chunk,” Grainger said.
The village of
“For many rural communities it's the difference between being able to make investments to protect clean water and upgrade sewer systems and not being able to do so,” Baldwin said. “The idea that the president's budget would cut half a billion dollars to assist rural communities with water issues is frightening.”
“The president's budget is the first serious attempt by any
In his budget summary, Trump says rural communities can be served by private-sector financing or other government financing programs such as the
Lawrence said other funding programs don't allow payments to be spread over 40 years, which is crucial to keeping payments affordable for smaller communities.
“I think it's fair to say that there would be great difficulty for many of these small communities in getting loans and private financing outside of this program,” Baldwin said.
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