WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced $125,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program for the Village of Erie. The USDA Rural Development loans and grant assistance program is designed to forge partnerships with rural communities and fund projects that bring housing, business guarantees, services and other critical utilities to rural America. Specifically, these federal dollars will be used to complete a water systems improvement project, which will consist of finishing tank painting and repairs, water treatment improvements and the purchase of water meters.
“Access to clean water is crucial and I’m pleased to announce this investment in Erie’s water infrastructure,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The Rural Development program does a great deal to ensure our rural communities, such as Erie, are not overlooked. I’ll continue to partner with them to bring these investments to small towns across our region and improve our local water infrastructure.”
“Today’s announcement is welcome news for the Village of Erie and will mean so much for our residents,” said Marcia Smith, Mayor of Erie, Illinois. “Improving our water infrastructure has been one of our top priorities and I want to thank Congresswoman Bustos for her partnership bringing this investment back home.”