State Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Duval County, congratulated local leaders for securing $1,674,000 through the USDA's Community Program Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Programs.

The funding will be used to provide adequate water supply to 64 connections in the colonia of Loma Linda, located in nearby Jim Wells County.

"USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Programs target public health benefits and economic opportunities in America's rural communities," said Bryan Daniel, USDA Rural Development State Director.

"State support from the Texas Water Development Board and the Office of Rural Community Affairs, combined with projects such as this one in San Diego, will help make the environment cleaner and protect the public health for local residents," Rep. Guillen said.

In Fiscal Year 2006, $105.7 million of loan and grant assistance was distributed throughout rural Texas to 625,165 households.

The USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Program is designed to bring fresh, clean drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound sewage facilities to rural America's 53 million residents.

Loans and grants are available to rural communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. Public bodies, corporations operating on a non-profit basis, and Indian tribes that are unable to obtain credit from other sources at reasonable rates and terms, are eligible for assistance.