The Water Well Trust, the only national nonprofit helping low-income Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has announced that it is expanding from twelve to thirteen the number of Arkansas counties eligible to receive assistance for drilling a new water well or rehabilitate an existing well.
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a $200,000 matching grant to the Water Well Trust (WWT) for a project to increase potable water availability to households in twelve rural Arkansas counties, including Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Jefferson, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Searcy, Sebastian, Union, and Washington. The WWT has now expanded eligibility to another county: Franklin.
The USDA grant monies will provide long-term, low-interest loans to applicants seeking new or improved water wells in the eleven-county area.
To be eligible to receive a WWT loan, applicants must be the owner and occupant of the home as their primary residence. In addition, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 100% of the median non-metropolitan household income for the state in which the applicant resides. The 2018 median non-metropolitan household income for Arkansas is $48,200. The income criteria apply to both the applicant and all other occupants of the home.
The Water Systems Council established the Water Well Trust in 2010 to provide clean, sanitary drinking water to Americans who lack access to a reliable water supply, and to construct and document small community water systems using water wells to demonstrate that these systems are more economical.