EPA backs North Dakota’s water quality improvement plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $14,715,000 in Clean Water and Drinking Water state revolving loan (SRF) funding to the North Dakota Department of Health to support key water infrastructure projects, including new and upgraded wastewater and drinking water plants to ensure clean drinking and surface water, better serve residents, increase efficiency and reduce pollution.

“Investing in our nation’s water infrastructure is one of EPA’s most fundamental priorities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Doug Benevento. “These funds will ensure that the state and its communities are providing clean and safe water to all North Dakotans.”

In addition to the $14.7 million just funded, North Dakota’s water infrastructure projects are also funded with state match, repayments from prior SRF loans, and interest earnings. Several projects targeted for wastewater treatment as well as drinking water SRF loans include:

  • $66 m for Grand Forks to replace an aging water treatment plant with a new plant outside of the floodplain that will help treat source water of varying quality.
  • $9.4 m for Larimore to replace 6.2 miles of sewer lines and construct storm water control projects to reduce flooding and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system.
  • $2.4 m for Jamestown to improve the wastewater treatment plant and for water main rehabilitation for drinking water.
  • $1 m for the City of Oakes to refinance a project to replace deteriorated sanitary sewer mains, as well as $365k for the relocation of the main lift station to avoid flooding.
  • $1 m to Wahpeton for the reconstruction of storm sewer and sanitary sewer mains to ensure sufficient capacity in both systems.
  • $906k to Cavalier to extend sewer services to the Pines Subdivision.
  • $785k to Ross for rehabilitating water mains for safe drinking water.
  • $580k to Horace to replace a drinking water main.
  • $100k to Lidgerwood for emergency sewer main repairs to prevent sewage backups.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. The CWSRF program provides low interest loans for the construction of wastewater treatment facilities and other projects vital to protecting and improving water quality in rivers, lakes and streams for drinking water, recreation and natural habitat.  The loans help communities keep water and sewer rates more affordable while addressing local water quality problems.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership to help ensure safe drinking water. Created by the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) the program provides financial support to water systems and to state safe water programs.

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