A federal program that provides low-interest loans to low- to moderate-income rural families to upgrade their well systems has been extended to households in Kewaunee and Door counties.
The Household Water Well Program offers loans of up to $11,000 at 1 percent interest to families in Ohio, Michigan, and now those two Wisconsin counties, for well replacement, well rehabilitation, or the installation of water filtration systems.
The announcement was made in a news release from U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office. The loans are provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP).
Applicants must own and occupy – or about to purchase – the home, and new construction and community water systems are not eligible. Household income must be at $56,439 or less to qualify for a loan in Kewaunee or Door counties.
“This program is a step in the right direction and I commend USDA and RCAP for their attention to the challenges facing Kewaunee and Door residents,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I will continue to work with the community to address this water quality issue.”
The release quotes Deb Martin, RCAP regional director, as crediting Baldwin for providing a catalyst for the program expansion.
“Calls and inquiries from her office first brought the issues to our attention and were the impetus for our work with USDA to develop this program in Wisconsin,” Martin said.
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