The Violet Water Supply Corp. has been selected to receive $2,908,500 to make improvements to its system and install new lines for 70 residents of San Petronila Estates Colonia.

The funding was provided by the USDA Rural Development through the agency's Community Program Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant programs.

"USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Programs target public health benefits and economic opportunities in America's rural communities," said Paco Valentin, a state community programs director for the USDA. "We are pleased to assist Violet Water Supply Corporation in providing 70 residents with access to a public water system for the first time."

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.

USDA Rural Development was created in 1994 to serve Texas's more than 3.6 million rural residents. For information regarding USDA Rural Development programs, contact the Alice office at 668-0453, Ext. 4, or visit its Web site at