The Town of Twisp is conducting a door-to-door survey this week and next, collecting information about 2021 household income to potentially improve the town’s chances for state and federal funding to upgrade its waste water treatment plant.
The survey is being conducted by an independent third-party contractor, Evergreen Rural Water of Washington, a nonprofit that provides assistance to rural communities. The collected information will be kept confidential, and none of it will be shared with the town. The information will only be used by Evergreen Rural to calculate the percentage of the population qualifying as low-to-moderate income and to determine median household income.
According to Twisp Public Works Director Andrew Denham, the information will be critical to determining the town’s future eligibility for grant funds to help pay for the water treatment plant improvements. Potentially, the town could receive $2.7 million more in grants that it would not have to repay, he said.
A notice about the survey has been sent to town residents, Denham said. “Your assistance in completing this survey could mean the difference between the Town receiving needed grant dollars and pursuing loans to complete this project,” according to information sent to residents. “This will ultimately affect you as a resident because a loan may result in a rate increase. … By completing this survey, you can potentially help Twisp receive substantially more grant and keep your sewer rates down.”
The most-recent improvements to the waste water treatment plant were made in 2000. The plant has experienced numerous equipment failures over the past two years. With an increase in growth, the town wants to be prepared to handle additional loads at the plant.
For information, contact Twisp Town Hall at (509) 997-4081.