DEQ awards nearly $6.5 million to Letha Water and Sewer District in Gem County 

January 16, 2024

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov 

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $6,336,194 construction grant to Letha Water and Sewer District in Gem County, Idaho. 

This construction project is made possible through Governor Brad Little’s Leading Idaho initiative, which directed funds to DEQ in 2023.  

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little. 

This funding will be used to construct new lagoons, rehabilitate the primary lift station, extend the force main, and add fencing.  

Background 

In 2023, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $115 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the Leading Idaho funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf 

This construction grant represents an estimated $10,272,093 savings to the community compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.  

For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page. 

DEQ awards nearly $21 million to the city of Cottonwood

November 3, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov 

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $20,213,144 construction grant to the city of Cottonwood in Idaho County. 

This funding, made possible through Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative, will be used to expand the city’s current reuse system, construct new headworks, and complete lagoon upgrades. 

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little. 

Background 

In 2023, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $115 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the Leading Idaho funds are listed here. This construction grant represents an estimated $35,398,143 savings to the community compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.  

For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page. 

DEQ awards $60,000 to the city of White Bird

August 28, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey. Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded $60,000 in drinking water assistance to the city of White Bird in Idaho County.

The money will be used for emergency funding assistance for water hauling and bulk water costs.

The funds from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $100,454 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards nearly $12 million to three drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

July 10, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $11,085,902 in construction grants to three drinking water and wastewater systems.

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

Central Shoshone County Water District – Central Shoshone County Water District in Shoshone County was awarded $8,530,950 to replace their transmission mainline.

City of Harrison –The city of Harrison in Kootenai county was awarded $570,238 to investigate and develop the Stonegate well, undergo leak detection, make necessary reservoir repairs, and replace meters.

Country Haven Utilities Association, Inc. –Country Haven Utilities Association, Inc. in Bingham County was awarded $1,984,714 to rehabilitate the lagoon cell, construct a lift station, replace gravity sewer lines, replace three manholes, and add two new manholes.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf

DEQ awards $225,000 to the city of Lewiston, Nez Perce County

June 21, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

LEWISTON — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $225,000 in drinking water construction assistance to the city of Lewiston, Nez Perce County.

The funding will be used for emergency funding assistance for select demolition of the failed High Reservoir and assessment of the reservoir.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $373,009 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards $771,262 to the city of Harrison, Kootenai County

June 21, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

HARRISON — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $771,262 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the city of Harrison, Kootenai County.

The funding will be used to investigate and develop the Stonegate well, undergo leak detection, make necessary reservoir repairs, and replace meters.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water systems. Since the annual cost of drinking water service for residential customers exceeds one and one-half percent of the median household income, the city of Harrison qualifies for a disadvantaged loan that carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has $771,262 in principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $1,266,012 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards $1,850,000 to the Elk City Water and Sewer Association, Inc. Idaho County

June 21, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

ELK CITY — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $1,850,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to Elk City Water and Sewer Association, Inc, Idaho County.

The funding will be used to install a new storage tank, rehabilitate a secondary tank, remove an old tank, and install of new water treatment monitoring equipment.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water systems. Since the annual cost of drinking water service for residential customers exceeds one and one-half percent of the median household income, Elk City Water and Sewer Association, Inc. qualifies for a disadvantaged loan which carries very favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has $1,850,000 in principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $3,066,962 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards nearly $19 million to four drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

June 6, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $18,484,665 construction grants to four drinking water and wastewater systems.  

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

Bayview Water and Sewer District – Bayview Water and Sewer District in Kootenai County was awarded $393,215 for supply and distribution improvements aligned with phase one of the system’s scope of work.

City of Gooding – The city of Gooding in Gooding County was awarded $13,872,310 for wastewater system improvements to the nine lift stations, wastewater collection system, and force main piping. The lift station and collection system replacement include manhole replacements and collection system rehabilitation.

City of Grand View – The city of Grand View in Owyhee County was awarded $2,354,352 for wastewater improvements including installing a total containment lagoon, optimizing Cell #1, relining Cell #2, improving dike and flood resiliency, and improving the collection system and lift main.

Mud Lake and Terreton Water and Sewer District – Mud Lake and Terreton Water and Sewer District in Jefferson County was awarded $1,864,788 to begin phase one improvements consisting of the lining of lagoon cells one, three, and four, and lift station rehabilitation.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf

These construction grants represent an estimated $30,285,956 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances. 

For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards $945,648 to the city of Grand View, Owyhee County

May 18, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $945,648 low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Grand View in Owyhee County.

The funding will be used for wastewater improvements that include installing a total containment lagoon, optimizing Cell #1, relining Cell #2, increasing dike and flood resiliency, and updating the collection system and lift main.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.50% interest rate, and is payable over 30 years. The favorable loan terms represent a $517,694 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards $1,194,056 to the city of Nezperce, Lewis County

May 10, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

NEZPERCE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $1,194,056 low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Nezperce, Lewis County.

The funding will be used for the implementation of wastewater reuse facilities, including the installation of pump stations, storage facilities, and irrigation systems.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of wastewater service for residential customers exceeds one and one-half percent of the median household income, the city of Nezperce qualifies for a disadvantaged loan that carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.50% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has $513,370 in principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $1,097,660 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards nearly $16 million to five drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

May 3, 2023

CONTACT: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $15,388,688 in construction grants to five drinking water and wastewater systems.  

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

The following facilities have received funding:

City of Bliss – The city of Bliss in Gooding County was awarded $7,554,554 to construct a new drinking water well and undergo an evaluation of senior water rights including potential acquisition of the property. The city will also evaluate their current drinking water well for needed distribution improvements.

City of Driggs – The city of Driggs in Teton County was awarded $1,531,330 to rehabilitate the main spring source, install a booster station, conduct a modification of pressure reducing valves, and replace water lines.

City of Oakley – The city of Oakley in Cassia County was awarded $673,814 to construct a new well, well house, and storage tank.

City of Shoshone – The city of Shoshone in Lincoln County was awarded $4,372,871 to construct a new water storage tank, install an electrical generator and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, upgrade the well house electrical including variable frequency drives, and improve the distribution system.

Southside Water and Sewer District – Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County was awarded $1,256,119 to expand the system’s source water production and evaluate the system’s current storage options and backup power.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf

These construction grants represent an estimated $24,640,804 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.  For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards $1,801,059 to the city of Craigmont, Lewis County

April 12, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

CRAIGMONT — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $1,801,059 low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Craigmont in Lewis County.

The funding will be used to install new headworks and a disinfection system; remove biosolids and ammonia; rehabilitate a lagoon; correct infiltration and inflow; and improve the collection system.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of wastewater service for residential customers exceeds one and one-half percent of the median household income, the city of Craigmont qualifies for a disadvantaged loan that carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.50% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has a $376,997 principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $1,383,360 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards nearly $145,000 to three drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

April 5, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $144,875 to three drinking water and wastewater systems to help facilities evaluate system deficiencies and determine necessary upgrades, as part of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” plan.

“Families, farmers, ranchers, and all Idaho residents rely on clean, efficient water and wastewater systems. These systems are not only a crucial part of our way of life, but our economy as well. Funding for these projects from my Leading Idaho plan aims to ensure that Idaho residents – especially those in our rural communities – can depend on our water and wastewater infrastructure for generations to come,” said Idaho Governor Brad Little.

City of Glenns Ferry – The city of Glenns Ferry in Elmore County was awarded $73,550 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and identify needed improvements. The total project cost is $147,100, and the remaining $73,550 will be funded by the city of Glenns Ferry.

Coolin Sewer District – Coolin Sewer District in Bonner County was awarded $52,825 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and identify needed improvements. The total project cost is $105,650, and the remaining $52,825 will be funded by Coolin Sewer District.

Santa Water and Sewer District – Santa Water and Sewer District in Benewah County was awarded $18,500 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the current drinking water system and identify needed improvements. The total project cost is $37,000, and the remaining $18,500 will be funded by the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Background

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.

DEQ awards nearly $51 million to 14 drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

April 5, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $50,550,110 in construction grants to 14 drinking water and wastewater systems.  

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

The following facilities received funding:

City of Albion – The city of Albion in Cassia County was awarded $1,678,160 to increase the capacity of an existing well, drill a new well, replace the well buildings, create sampling plans and water system operations and maintenance manuals, construct a storage tank, install tank mixers, purchase a portable standby generator, improve the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, distribution improvements, and upgrade and replace meters.

Eastern Idaho Regional Sewer District – Eastern Idaho Regional Sewer District in Bingham County was awarded $4,659,278 to begin Phase 1 improvements to increase the organic capacity of the biological system by achieving a higher retention time. This second biological train includes mixers, aeration diffusers, and return-activated sludge piping to reroute the return from all mixer liquor membranes to a splitter box.

City of Filer – The city of Filer in Twin Falls County was awarded $1,471,470 to construct a new municipal drinking water well and wellhouse including piping, valves, electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, controls, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, and site work.

City of Franklin – The city of Franklin in Franklin County was awarded $253,932 to install an in-line automatic screen with a manual by-pass screen directly upstream of the treatment lagoons.

Fremont County – Fremont County was awarded $8,800,000 to replace the Last Chance/Ponds Lodge’s existing lagoon system with a mechanical treatment system and add a discharge line to Blue Creek.

City of Grand View – The city of Grand View in Owyhee County was awarded $1,574,160 to supplement the existing project which consists of rehabilitation and repair of well one, water quality testing and monitoring, installation of an ion exchange nitrate treatment system, and water distribution system improvements.

City of Hagerman – The city of Hagerman in Gooding County was awarded $4,275,000 to construct a new booster pump station and distribution system and improve the current pressure zone or create a new pressure zone or a new storage tank.

Laclede Water District – Laclede Water District in Bonner County was awarded $3,792,475 to complement their existing project. This project consists of installing a new duplex intake pump system, new duplex treated water pumps, 200,000-gallon reservoir, duplex booster pumps, visual pump failure alarms, and approximately 7,400 linear feet of transmission mains to and from the booster station.

City of McCammon – The city of McCammon in Bannock County was awarded $1,504,495 to clean, expand, and line the winter storage lagoon, remove biosolids from Cell 1, construct a headworks building with emergency power, update the city’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, replace the city’s main lift station, repair sewer lines, install emergency power to the lift stations, and expand the wastewater reuse site.

Murray Water Association – Murray Water Association in Shoshone County was awarded $604,746 to install two new wells and associated transmission piping.

Riverside Water and Sewer District – Riverside Water and Sewer District in Clearwater County was awarded $1,800,000 for its drinking water system to address slush build-up in intake screens, reroute piping near the storage tanks, increase area served by the booster station, increase pumping capacity of treated water pumps to allow storage tank redundancy, and upsize existing water mains. Riverside Water and Sewer District was also awarded $1,036,394 for its wastewater system to install a new lift station, remove sludge from the first lagoon cell, and increase the size and efficiency of the chlorine contact basin.

City of Winchester – The city of Winchester in Lewis County was awarded $4,300,000 to provide wastewater treatment and improve the collection system. Improvements include smoke testing, manhole and mainline rehabilitation, pressure pipeline replacement, lift station upgrades, nutrient reduction study, influent screening, blower replacement, yard pump station relocation, plant water system upgrades, stand-by generator replacement, control upgrades, aerobic digestion system expansion, and dewater and disinfection upgrades.

City of Worley – The city of Worley in Kootenai County was awarded $14,800,000 to construct a new headworks and pumping facility to convey wastewater to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe treatment facility.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf.

These construction grants represent an estimated $84,017,188 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances. For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards $130,254 to Murray Water Association in Shoshone County

March 17, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov 

SHOSHONE COUNTY — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $130,254 in drinking water construction assistance to Murray Water Association in Shoshone County, Idaho.

The funding will be used for the installation of two new wells and transmission piping.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $218,076 savings to the community when compared to the average costs from municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards $480,261 to Drake Subdivision Property Owners Association in Canyon County

March 17, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov 

CANYON COUNTY — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $480,261 in drinking water construction assistance to Drake Subdivision Property Owners Association in Canyon County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to drill two wells, replace water mains, and construct a new well house.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $804,071 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards nearly $36 million to ten drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

March 2, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $35,250,951 in construction grants to ten drinking water and wastewater systems.  

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

The following entities received funding:

City of Aberdeen – The city of Aberdeen in Bingham County was awarded $5,828,297 to perform wastewater system improvements, including installing a floating media integrated fixed fill activated sludge system, a flow sand filter for tertiary filtration, and a screw press for solids dewatering; adding a new electrical generator; and upgrading the supervisory control and data acquisition system.

City of Ashton – The city of Ashton in Fremont County was awarded $950,000 to construct a headworks building and replace the sewer lines.

Bruneau Water and Sewer District – Bruneau Water and Sewer District in Owyhee County was awarded $2,553,092 to upgrade their existing lift station, reconstruct and install high-density polyethylene lining on the north and south lagoons, install a disinfection system and reuse pump station, and conduct site improvements, including adding a structural canopy and fencing, grading, and removing biosolids.

City of Elk River – The city of Elk River in Clearwater County was awarded $3,034,208 to complete a closed-circuit television inspection, conduct collection surveying, improve the disinfection system, construct a new blower building, and remove biosolids.

Garfield Bay Water and Sewer District – Garfield Bay Water and Sewer District in Bonner County was awarded $1,277,162 to upgrade five sewer lift stations, install lift station standby power, extend sewer collection lines, and develop an additional wastewater reuse irrigation area.

City of Harrison – The city of Harrison in Kootenai County was awarded $6,567,348 to transition to application treatment, construct a new 4-inch parallel force main to the system’s wastewater treatment plant, upgrade the system’s existing parallel force main, and construct a new central lift station.

City of McCammon – The city of McCammon in Bannock County was awarded $2,741,323 to install a new water tank, upsize the main transmission line, install water meters, replace undersized water lines, and replace fire hydrants.

City of New Plymouth – The city of New Plymouth in Payette County was awarded $498,739 to line lagoon number 4 with a geomembrane lining system and conduct piping and control box improvements near lagoon number 4.

City of Nezperce – The city of Nezperce in Lewis County was awarded $7,955,944 for the implementation of wastewater reuse facilities, including installing pump stations, storage facilities, and irrigation systems.

City of Wilder – The city of Wilder in Canyon County was awarded $3,844,838 to aid in a variety of permitting efforts such as land acquisition, preliminary design, reuse permitting, and environmental determination.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf

These construction grants represent an estimated $57,106,895 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances. 

For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards nearly $52 million to six drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

February 3, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $51,335,442 in construction grants to six drinking water and wastewater systems.

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

City of American Falls – The city of American Falls in Power County was awarded $11,460,250 to construct a new well, install a water meter and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, and improve on their current water distribution system.

Carlin Bay Property Owners Association – Carlin Bay Property Owners Association in Kootenai County was awarded $1,814,678 to continue their existing drinking water improvements, including a new lake intake, constructing a new treatment plant and reservoir, conducting reservoir repairs, and improving distribution line and a pump station.

City of Franklin – The city of Preston in Franklin County was awarded $14,966,534 to continue constructing wastewater treatment plant improvements, including new headworks, flow equalization, a tertiary filtration system, improved secondary treatment and clarifiers, and a redundant treatment capacity.

City of Preston – The city of Preston in Franklin County was awarded $14,966,534 to continue their existing wastewater project consisting of the construction of treatment plant improvements including new headworks, flow equalization, a tertiary filtration system, and improved secondary treatment and clarifiers and a redundant treatment capacity.

City of Rupert – The city of Rupert in Minidoka County was awarded $16,056,272 to design and construct a membrane bio-reactor, secondary filtration, and a UV disinfection process. These improvements will update the facility from a class-B reuse facility to a class-A facility and provide additional redundancy.

Yellow Pine Water Users Association – Yellow Pine Water Users Association in Valley County was awarded $6,048,387 to complete phase one of their drinking water project. This phase consists of intake modifications, construction of a new water treatment facility, storage reservoir modifications, water main replacement, and easements.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf.

These construction grants represent an estimated $75,168,131 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.
For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards nearly $31 million to nine drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

January 5, 2023

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $30,304,970 in construction grants to nine drinking water and wastewater systems.  

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

The following systems received funding:

Cabinet Mountain Water District – Cabinet Mountain Water District in Boundary County was awarded $2,000,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns association with their existing project, which consists of improvements to existing water tanks, booster stations, one of the current well facilities, and transmission and distribution lines.

Camp Fire Inland Northwest Council – Camp Fire Island Northwest Council in Spokane County was awarded $1,350,000 to install a new pump station, backup generator, replace outdated electrical systems, replace piping, install a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and rehab reservoirs, pressure reducing valves, a flow meter, booster station, booster pump, and replace mains.

City of Clark Fork – The city of Clark Fork in Bonner County was awarded $7,020,189 to refurbish their current well sources, construct a new reservoir, and replace pipes.

City of Dayton – The city of Dayton in Franklin County was awarded $337,019 to complement the existing loan project, which includes drilling two replacement wells.

Drake Subdivision Property Owner’s Association of Domestic and Lateral Water Users, Inc. – Drake Subdivision Property Owner’s Association of Domestic and Lateral Water Users, Inc. in Canyon County was awarded $969,739 to drill two wells, replace water mains, and construct a new well house.

Elk City Water and Sewer Association, Inc. – Elk City Water and Sewer Association, Inc. in Idaho County was awarded $1,649,032 to complete testing in their existing wastewater lagoons and aid in the construction of a new soil absorption system, collection system, and wastewater laboratory facilities.

Kingston-Cataldo Sewer District – Kingston-Cataldo Sewer District in Shoshone County was awarded $6,170,600 to create a new land application treatment plan and lift station. 

Panhandle Village Water System – Panhandle Village Water System in Kootenai County was awarded $3,119,134 to help replace the current distribution system and install a water storage tank, new booster pumps, and a new water well.

City of Rupert – The city of Rupert in Minidoka County was awarded $7,689,257 to retrofit their existing wells with pressure filtration, construct a new well with standby power, add pressure relief to an existing booster station, replace water mains, and create and investigative sampling plan.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf

These construction grants represent an estimated $50,385,527 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances. 

For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards nearly $60 Million to 11 drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

December 1, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $59,187,419 in construction grants to 11 drinking water and wastewater systems as part of Governor Brad Little’s Leading Idaho initiative.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan. These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

Bennington Water System, Inc. – Bennington Water System, Inc. in Bear Lake County was awarded $2,400,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns associated with their existing project, which consists of redeveloping Spring No. 2 and constructing a 150,000-gallon storage tank, disinfection facility, blending line, and transmission line.

City of Lewiston – The city of Lewiston in Nez Perce County was awarded $7,300,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns associated with their existing project, which consists of upgrading the water treatment system, replacing undersized mains, upgrading the booster pumping facility, and constructing a new well supply and water storage reservoir.

City of Craigmont – The city of Craigmont in Lewis County was awarded $5,198,059 for new headworks, biosolids, and ammonia removal, lagoon rehabilitation, and a new disinfection system, infiltration/inflow corrections, and collection work.

Remington Recreational Water and Sewer District – Remington Recreational Water and Sewer District in Kootenai County was awarded $1,000,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns associated with their existing project, which consists of improving the source, storage and booster capacity and adding new transmission and distribution lines.

City of Moyie Springs – The city of Moyie Springs in in Boundary County was awarded $2,100,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns associated with their existing project, which consists of upgrading the treatment system and building a discharge line to the Kootenai River.

City of Rigby – The city of Rigby in Jefferson County was awarded $23,000,000 to retain the Nuvoda Mobile Organic Biofilm (MOB) system and add the following major components: septage receiving box, a redundant Nuvoda MOB screen, new oxidation ditches, secondary clarifiers, tertiary filters, pumping upgrades, a new ultraviolet system, new plant water pumps, new screen press, an additional emergency generator, electrical upgrades, and supervisory control and data acquisition improvements.

City of New Meadows – The city of New Meadows in Adams County was awarded $1,877,700 to construct a well facility for Well No. 5, replace the reservoir and booster station, update the city’s supervisory control and data acquisition system, and address cost overruns pertaining to their existing project.

City of Juliaetta – The city of Juliaetta in Latah County was awarded $1,700,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns to their existing project, which consists of rehabilitating replacing their lift station and adding new headworks, new aeration, secondary clarifiers, new dewatering equipment, new temperature and flow monitoring controls, backup generator, composite samplers, and temperature treatment.

City of Challis – The city of Challis in Custer County was awarded $3,000,000 for the continued construction of a new well, well house, booster station, transmission line and to perform leak detection on water lines.

City of Genesee – The city of Genesee in Latah County was awarded $3,762,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns to their existing project, which consists of replacing the collection system, improving the wastewater treatment system, and adding a new headworks facility, lagoon system, and ultraviolet disinfection.

City of Genesee – The city of Genesee in Latah County was awarded $1,726,031 for the design and construction of Well No. 9, including a well house, yard piping, design and distribution components, and design improvements to the Fir Street boosted pressure zone.

City of Kooskia – The city of Kooskia in Idaho County was awarded $6,123,629 to add mechanical screening headworks, improve the lagoon diffused aeration, reconstruct the existing treatment lagoons, replace aging sewer mains, perform sewer system rehabilitation including replacement of lift station pumps, and install instruments and controls at the city’s lift stations.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf

These construction grants listed above represent an estimated $99,443,531 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances. 

For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards nearly $6.7 million to four drinking water systems across Idaho

October 25, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $6,650,000 in construction grants to four drinking water systems.  

These construction projects are funded from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Brad Little directed to DEQ in 2022.

“Water is our most valuable resource, and we absolutely must keep up the infrastructure to ensure water is clean and plentiful for this generation and future ones. That is why we made historic investments in water quality and quantity this year as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan,” Governor Little said. “These investments also could keep your property taxes low. Property taxes are determined locally but the investments we made in water and other infrastructure needs at the state level help relieve the burden on local government to cover costs of projects, improving the chances property owners won’t be burdened with the costs,” said Governor Little.

Kootenai County Water District No. 1 – Kootenai County Water District No. 1 in Kootenai County was awarded $5 million to supplement material and labor cost overruns of their existing project, which consists of replacing and repairing the distribution system, increasing water storage, adding and replacing pump capacity, and replacing meters.

Bayview Water and Sewer District – Bayview Water and Sewer District in Bonner County was awarded $750,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns of their existing project, which consists of rehabilitating the existing storage tank, replacing transmission lines, and installing new equipment, including transmission lines, transmission and distribution mains, a new well, and a back-up generator.

Sunnyside Water Association – Sunnyside Water Association in Bonner County was awarded $500,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns of their existing project, which consists of adding two booster stations, replacing piping, and rehabilitating the existing water storage reservoir.

City of St. Maries – The city of St. Maries in Benewah County was awarded $400,000 to supplement material and labor cost overruns of their existing project, which consists of replacing and upgrading existing water lines.

Background

In 2022, the State of Idaho approved plans to roll out $300 million in water and wastewater infrastructure project funding, benefiting communities across Idaho through DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund program. This program provides low-interest loans and grants to qualified recipients to improve their drinking water and wastewater facilities. The criteria and list to expend the ARPA funds are listed at https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/deq-leading-idaho-water-projects_06-2022.pdf

These construction grants represent an estimated $10,328,337 savings to communities compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances. 

For more information about DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund Program and to learn more about this year’s funding recipients, go to DEQ’s Construction Loans page.

DEQ awards $3 million to the city of Challis in Custer County

August 18, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $3 million low-interest drinking water construction loan to the city of Challis in Custer County.

The funding will be used for construction of a new well, well house, booster station, transmission line, and to perform leak detection on waterlines.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water systems. Since the annual cost of drinking water for residential customers exceeds 1.5% of the median household income, the city qualifies for a disadvantaged loan, which carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.5% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has $261,337 in principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $725,202 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards $200,000 to Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County

August 1, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced $200,000 in wastewater construction assistance to the Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to restore sewer lines to affected homes as a result of a mudslide.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $318,996 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.