Water projects selected for federal grants

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Lincoln County has been selected for two federal grants to help fund local water and wastewater projects.

The Libby Creek Community Water and Wastewater Improvement Project has been flagged to receive a competitive grant of $1.36 million from American Rescue Plan Act disbursements. The project is estimated at $2.4 million.

Meanwhile, the Troy Wastewater System Improvement Project has been selected to receive a competitive grant of $2 million and $93,558 in minimum allocation. The project is estimated at $2.2 million.

The two grants are part of $127 million the state received with ARPA’s second round of funding for water and sewer, U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s office noted in a news release announcing the subsidies. The state’s ARPA Infrastructure Advisory Board has approved $118.2 million for 95 water and sewer projects and $8.8 million for 34 irrigation projects in Montana.

The second round of grant applications closed in January. Local cities and counties were approached to apply for grant funds of up to $2 million per project. Local correspondence is required with disbursements.

“For communities in Montana to have economic certainty and job growth, water infrastructure must keep pace,” Tester said in the press release. “I am proud to have secured these investments through the American Rescue Plan to modernize and rebuild the statewide water and sewer systems, which have been outdated and unreliable for far too long. Now that the state has determined funding for these projects, I will work to make sure the money gets to the people on the ground without delay.

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