U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small joined Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) to announce USDA is investing $13 million to expand access to rural water infrastructure and create economic opportunities for people who live and work in colonias, rural and Tribal communities. This announcement includes a $1.5 million grant to improve the water infrastructure in Coachella, Calif.
The investments are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensure that people living in rural America have equitable access to the infrastructure and economic opportunities they deserve. They include more than $9 million to help nearly 14,000 people located in socially vulnerable communities.
“Under the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA believes that people everywhere, regardless of where they live, should have peace of mind using basic community infrastructure, whether that means drinking safe water or having equipment to learn skills for a new career,” Torres Small said. “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Members of Congress like Congressman Ruiz, USDA can help invest in this peace of mind and build opportunity and prosperity for the people who call rural America home.”