The state Department of Ecology has awarded the Town of Twisp a loan of $779,000 to help pay for the design phase of treatment plant upgrades recommended in the town’s 2020 Wastewater Facility Plan.
The upgrades are intended to increase the capacity and reliability of the treatment system. Public Works Director Andrew Denham said that half of the loan is forgivable, making half of the $779,000 essentially a grant.
In a press release, Ecology announced a total of $312 million in grants and loans that could support more than 3,000 jobs and improve water quality for communities across the state. “The money will fund 108 high-priority clean water projects that will upgrade wastewater treatment systems and sewer systems, better manage polluted stormwater, and prevent and clean up pollution from diffuse sources,” according to the press release. The money comes from a mix of state and federal funds.