DAVIDSON, N.C. — USDA’s Household Water Well Systems program awarded Water Well Trust a $140,000 grant for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to a press release.

The Water Well Trust, a nonprofit established by the Water Systems Council helping U.S. citizens access a clean and safe water supply, will contribute 51 percent match towards this project, donated by Water Systems Council members, stated the release.

The release reported that the USDA grant will fund the nonprofit’s project in a high-need, low-resource rural target area composed of five counties in northwest Arkansas: Benton, Marion, Franklin, Madison and Crawford, as well as Sequoyah County across the Oklahoma border.

Over the next year, the grant will be used to drill or rehabilitate at least 19 water wells in the six counties, helping to provide many individuals with access to safe drinking water, as well as supply long-term, low-interest loans to those seeking new or upgraded water wells, continued the release.

You can learn more about the project here.