Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Dawson County has been approved for two State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans totaling $2.9 million to expand and modernize the wastewater treatment system serving Dawson County – West Glendive.
“Modern infrastructure is vital to our economy and to the livelihood of our communities,” Bullock said. “This investment will eliminate a public health and safety risk, and protect water quality in the Yellowstone river, all while creating good-paying jobs for Montanans.”
“Investments like these allow communities to save money and ensure that water quality standards are being met,” said John Tubbs, Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources. “It is great to be a strong partner in this much needed, locally-driven effort.”
The SRF loan program administered by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) enables Montana communities to upgrade or expand critical drinking or wastewater treatment facilities at the lowest possible cost.
The Dawson County project will include improved wastewater-treatment technology to prevent contamination of the Yellowstone River, a highly-recreated water body. The project will also connect the existing City of Glendive wastewater treatment facility with the new Dawson County – West Glendive collection system.
Through the SRF program, the county was approved for a $2,598,000 loan at 2.5% interest for 20 years, along with a second loan for $400,000 that will be forgiven if certain conditions are met.
COP Construction of Billings has been selected as the project contractor. The project is expected to be completed by December of 2017.
For more information on the State Revolving Fund program, contact Anna Miller of DNRC at (406) 444-6689, or visit the Montana DNRC Web site at http://dnrc.mt.gov/.