Idaho DEQ awards more than $59 million to communities for water improvements – Idaho Capital Sun | NutSocia

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality announced more than $59 million in grants from federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to improve 11 drinking water and sanitation systems across the state, according to a press release.

The $59.1 million in construction grants are part of $300 million distributed in 2022 through the State Revolving Loan Fund and Gov. Brad Little’s Leading Idaho Initiative.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and it is imperative that we maintain the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this and future generations,” Little said in the release. “These investments could also keep your property taxes down. Property taxes are set locally, but the investments we’ve made at the state level in water and other infrastructure needs help ease the burden on local governments to meet the costs of projects and improve the odds that property owners won’t co-operate be charged for the costs.”

The awarded projects include:

Bennington Water Systems, Inc.: $2.4 million to supplement material and labor overruns related to an existing project resulting from the Spring No. 2 and construction of a 150,000 gallon storage tank, sanitization facility, blend line and transfer line.

City of Lewiston: $7.3 million to supplement material and labor overruns related to an existing project consisting of upgrade of the water treatment system, replacement of undersized mains, upgrade of the booster pumping system and construction of a new well service and water storage reservoir.

City of Craigmont: $5.1 million for new header work, biosolids and ammonia removal, lagoon remediation and a new disinfection system, infiltration/inflow corrections and collection work.

Remington Recreational Water and Sewer District: $1 million to supplement material and labor overruns related to an existing project consisting of upgrading well, storage and booster capacity and adding new transmission and distribution lines.

City of Moyie Springs: $2.1 million to supplement material and labor overruns related to an existing project consisting of upgrading the treatment system and constructing a spillway to the Kootenai River.

City of Rigby: $23 million to keep the Nuvoda Mobile Organic Biofilm System and add the following major components: waste water catchment box, a redundant screen, new oxidation ditches, secondary clarifiers, tertiary filters, pump upgrades, a new UV system, new plant water pumps, new screen press , an additional backup generator, electrical upgrades, and improvements to surveillance and data logging.

City of the New Meadows: $1.87 million to construct a facility for Well #5, replace the reservoir and booster station, upgrade the city’s monitoring control and data acquisition system, and address cost overruns associated with their existing project.

City Juliaetta: $1.7 million to supplement material and labor overruns on an existing project consisting of refurbishment, lift station replacement and addition of new headstock, new aeration, secondary clarifiers, new dewatering equipment, new temperature and flow monitoring controls, backup Generator, composite sampler, and temperature treatment.

City of Challis: $3 million to continue construction of a new well, well house, booster station, transmission line, and water main leak detection.

City of Genesee: $3.76 million to supplement material and labor overruns on an existing project consisting of collection system replacement, wastewater treatment system upgrade, and addition of a new header facility, lagoon system, and UV disinfection.

City of Genesee: $1.72 million for the design and construction of Well #9, including a well house, yard casing, structural and distribution components, and engineering improvements to the Fir Street boosting zone.

City of Kooskia: $6.12 million to add mechanical screens, improve diffused aeration of the lagoon, rebuild existing clarifiers, replace aging sewer lines, sanitation system including replacement of lift pump pumps, and installation of instrumentation and controls at the urban lifting stations.

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