Twisp, Winthrop, and Pateros are among communities around the state that have been awarded grants and loans by the Washington Department of Ecology to support local clean water projects.
Ecology said this week that a total of $216 million will support 81 high-priority projects around the state in 2021, and estimated that the projects will generate about 2,300 jobs. Projects include upgrades to wastewater treatment systems and sewer systems, better management of polluted stormwater, and prevention and clean-up of pollution from diffuse sources, Ecology said.
Local projects that received grants and/or loans:
• The Town of Twisp will get a total of $3.455 million for major improvements to its wastewater treatment facilities. According to Ecology, Twisp requested the funding to address failures throughout its waste collection system and one of its lift stations, and to deal with a buildup of biosolids because of limited winter storage capacity.
The project will include repairs to the collection system, upgrading the lift station, and replacing dewatering equipment at the treatment plant, Ecology said.
• The Town of Winthrop will receive a total of $200,000 that will be used to update the wastewater facility and general sewage plan, to determine the town’s ability to meet current and future needs. The plan will help identify priorities for improvements. The town must have such a plan in place to qualify for grants and loans to support actual construction and other physical improvements.
• The City of Pateros will receive a total of $192,810 to update its Wastewater Facility Plan. According to Ecology, the city’s sewer collection system is old and leaking, which causes contamination of groundwater.
The cities of Oroville and Tonasket, and the Okanogan Conservation District, also were awarded state funds to support local water improvement projects.