NEWS POSTED 03/29/2017 – HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE RURAL DEVELOPMENT

March 29, 2017

The U.S. President’s proposed budget eliminates all funding for USDA’s water and wastewater loan and grant program  – a program vital to the survival of rural water and wastewater systems. It is up to all of us to educate the President and Congress about how important this program is to the economic and social well-being of our rural communities. Read on to learn how you can help.


How You Can Help If You’re…


A Utility Currently with a USDA Application in Process

Customize the letter template in the link below to tell your story. Please type your letter on your organization’s letterhead and scan and email the letter to office@idahoruralwater.com.

Also, please mail a hard copy to:

Idaho Rural Water Association
6065 West Corporal Lane
Boise, ID 83704

We’ll gather a collection of these letters and make sure they get sent to the correct congressional contacts for the largest impact. If you need assistance, please call IRWA at (208) 343-7001.

Thank you for your support!

Letter Template for Utility with a Current Application


An Elected Official or Community Leader Currently with a USDA Loan

Customize the letter template in the link below to tell your story. Please type your letter on your organization’s letterhead and scan and email the letter to office@idahoruralwater.com.

Also, please mail a hard copy to:

Idaho Rural Water Association
6065 West Corporal Lane
Boise, ID 83704

We’ll gather a collection of these letters and make sure they get sent to the correct congressional contacts for the largest impact. If you need assistance, please call IRWA at (208) 343-7001.

Thank you for your support!

Letter Template for Communities with a Current Loan


An Elected Official, Community Leader, or Citizen without a Current Application or Loan with USDA

Customize the letter template in the link below to tell your story. Please type your letter on your organization’s letterhead and scan and email the letter to office@idahoruralwater.com.

Also, please mail a hard copy to:

Idaho Rural Water Association
6065 West Corporal Lane
Boise, ID 83704

We’ll gather a collection of these letters and make sure they get sent to the correct congressional contacts for the largest impact. If you need assistance, please call IRWA at (208) 343-7001.

Thank you for your support!

Letter Template for Local Officials & Citizens without Application or Loan


Additional Resources


Read IRWA’s Letter to Representative Mike Simpson

As part of Idaho Rural Water Association’s action plan, with help from National Rural Water Association, we have delivered several letters to all of our Idaho congressional delegation in Washington D.C.

The letter in the link below was delivered to U.S. House Representative Mike Simpson, member of the House Appropriations Committee.

IRWA’s Letter to Congressman Simpson


National Rural Water Association’s USDA Fact Sheet

The USDA fact sheet below uses solid data to show just why the USDA water and wastewater loan and grant program is so important to rural communities throughout the country. It also shows how successful and efficient the program has been throughout it’s lifespan.

2017 USDA Fact Sheet


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