Water Well Trust Seeks Low Income Households for Water Well Projects in New York

The Water Well Trust, the only national nonprofit helping Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, is seeking low income households from three counties in New York to receive new water wells or rehabilitate existing wells.

In October 2016, the USDA awarded a $52,081 grant to the Water Well Trust through its Household Water Well Systems Grant program for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in three New York counties – Delaware, Rensselaer, and Columbia.

To date, the Water Well Trust (WWT) has completed two water well projects in Delaware county.  Funds are still available for low-interest loans to eligible individual households for a new water well or rehabilitation of an existing water well.  WWT limits funding to a maximum of $11,000 per household. Loans have an interest rate of 1% with terms of up to 20 years.

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 2017 median non-metropolitan household income for New York is $62,500. The income criteria apply to both the applicant and all other occupants of the home.

Prospective applicants can download the application, apply online, or call 202.625.4383 to have an application mailed.

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