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DEQ awards nearly $600,000 to eight drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

January 4, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded nine planning grants to eight drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities prepare planning studies.

The systems include: Bellevue, Burley, Wendell, Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc., Iona Bonneville Sewer District, Southside Water and Sewer District, North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District, and Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. These 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.

Bellevue, Idaho — The city of Bellevue in Blaine County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $95,837 to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $191,675 and the remaining $95,837 will be funded by the city of Bellevue.

Burley, Idaho — The city of Burley in Cassia County was offered a drinking water planning grant for $102,710 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $205,420 and the remaining $102,710 will be funded by the city of Burley.

Wendell, Idaho — The city of Wendell in Gooding County was offered a drinking water planning grant for $50,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $100,000 and the remaining $50,000 will be funded by the city of Wendell.

Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District — Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc. was offered a drinking water planning grant for $20,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $40,000 and the remaining $20,000 will be funded by Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc.

Iona Bonneville Sewer District — Iona Bonneville Sewer District in Bonneville County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $60,000 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $120,000 and the remaining $60,000 will be funded by Iona Bonneville Sewer District.

North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District — North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District in Valley County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $64,400 and a drinking water planning grant for $102,000 to prepare planning studies that evaluate the current wastewater and drinking water systems and develop alternatives for any needed improvements.  The total eligible cost of the wastewater and drinking water projects are $128,800 and $204,000, respectively. The remaining $64,400 and $102,000 will be funded by North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District.

Southside Water and Sewer District — Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $42,500 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $85,000 and the remaining $42,500 will be funded by Southside Water and Sewer District.

Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc — Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. was offered a drinking water planning grant for $42,500 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $85,000 and the remaining $42,500 will be funded by Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. and 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.

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