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DEQ awards $110,000 to the city of Orofino in Clearwater County

February 22, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief,

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of two planning grants totaling $110,000 to the city of Orofino in Clearwater County.

The planning grants are funded from the $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Little directed to DEQ on August 6, 2021.

The city of Orofino was awarded a $65,000 wastewater planning grant and a $45,000 drinking water planning grant to prepare planning studies and environmental reviews that evaluate the current wastewater and drinking water systems and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost for the wastewater project is $130,000, and the drinking water project is $90,000. The remaining $110,000 will be funded by the city.


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.

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