Information Services - January 2011 Press Releases

 

DENR Announces New Lake Levels Website

Gov. Rounds Announces $34.4 Million for Environmental Projects

   Gov. Rounds Announces $6,000 Grant for Bon Homme School District

   Gov. Rounds Announces $685,080 for Gregory Drinking Water Project

   Gov. Rounds Announces $476,500 for South Lincoln Rural Water System Drinking Water Project

   Gov. Rounds Announces $3 Million for Mount Vernon Wastewater Project

   Gov. Rounds Announces $80,000 for LaBolt Wastewater Project

   Gov. Rounds Announces $300,000 for Belle Fourche Landfill

   Gov. Rounds Announces $206,800 Loan for Hot Springs Rubble Pit Closure

   Gov. Rounds Announces $1,330 Grant for Platte-Geddes School District

   Gov. Rounds Announces $190,000 Grant for Southern Missouri Landfill

   Gov. Rounds Announces $175,000 for Tri County Landfill Association Equipment Purchase

   Gov. Rounds Announces $28.6 Million for Sioux Falls Water and Wastewater Projects

   Gov. Rounds Announces $292,500 Loan for Canova Wastewater Lagoon Expansion Project

   Gov. Rounds Announces $441,725 for Faulkton Drinking Water Project

 


 

DENR Announces New Lake Levels Website

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Lynn Beck, 773-3352

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/des/wr/dblakesearch.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Have you ever wondered whether the water levels of a nearby lake are higher or lower than normal? Or perhaps you tried to recall what year Lake Thompson started changing from a duck hunting marsh to become one of the state’s largest natural lakes? Or maybe you want to know if fall water levels at a nearby lake are higher than usual and should be cause for flooding concern as ice and snow start melting in the spring? These and other questions regarding lake levels may be answered by visiting a new website created by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at http://denr.sd.gov/des/wr/dblakesearch.aspx.

 

Upon request state law requires the Water Management Board in DENR to establish ordinary high/low water marks and outlet elevations for natural lakes,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “Our engineers and scientists have been measuring water levels of many of the state’s lakes since the early 1980s to create a historical database or record of lake elevations. However, we know this information is of interest to others as well, so DENR’s Water Rights Program developed this new web page to make this data available over the internet to all our customers.”

 

The measurements may be especially interesting to people who have homes, cabins, and businesses on lakeshores. Water user districts, recreationists, and those interested in establishing the elevations of lake outlets or spillways will also find the data useful. Currently, DENR continues to measure and record the water levels of 150 lakes each spring and fall. 

 

The new website features a statewide map or search engine by county to find a lake of interest, an aerial view or map of each lake listed, an interactive graph showing the historical surface elevation of each lake, and a table containing the exact elevation data. 

 

“People who have used the new website have described it as being very cool,” said Pirner.

 

Gov. Rounds Announces $34.4 Million for Environmental Projects

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: James Feeney, (605) 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $34.4 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater, storm water, watershed improvement, and solid waste projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

The $34,444,335 total includes seven grants totaling $1.3 million and 10 loans totaling $33.1 million, with slightly more than $2 million of the loan total in principal forgiveness.

 

“Making grant and loan funds available for these projects will result in better drinking water, other improved utility services for residents and enhanced protection of the environment,” the Governor said.

 

The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

 

Grants were awarded to the following:

  • Bon Homme School District, $6,000 grant for disposal of lab chemicals
  • LaBolt, $80,000 grant for wastewater system improvements
  • Platte-Geddes School, $1,330 grant for disposal of lab chemicals
  • Southern Missouri Waste Management, $190,000 grant for leachate pond and collection system

 

Loans were awarded to the following:

  • Hot Springs, $206,800 for rubble pit closure
  • Sioux Falls, two loans totaling $28,589,400 for water main and valve replacements and sewer system improvements

 

Loans with principal forgiveness were awarded to the following:

  • Canova, a $292,500 loan for wastewater lagoon expansion, with $200,000 of that in principal forgiveness
  • Faulkton, a $441,725 loan for waterline replacement, with $341,725 of that in principal forgiveness
  • Gregory, $685,080 loan for water improvements, with $185,080 of that in principal forgiveness
  • South Lincoln Rural Water System, $476,500 loan for individual service to Fairview, with $244,500 of that in principal forgiveness

 

Grant and loan packages were awarded to the following:

  • Belle Fourche, $240,000 grant and $60,000 loan for solid baler acquisition
  • Mount Vernon, $700,000 grant and $2,300,000 loan for wastewater treatment and collection system, with $1,050,000 of the loan in principal forgiveness
  • Tri County Landfill Association, $102,000 grant and $73,000 loan for front-end loader acquisition

 

The grants, loans, and principal forgiveness were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, and Solid Waste Management Program.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm water projects. The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid-waste disposal, recycling, and waste-tire projects.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $6,000 Grant for Bon Homme School District

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $6,000 grant from the Solid Waste Management Program for the Bon Homme School District for disposal of lab chemicals.

 

“We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “The funds will help the Bon Homme School District properly dispose of unsafe and unusable laboratory chemicals that are stored in school buildings.”

 

Applicable disposal regulations will be followed in handling the chemicals. Removing the unsafe and unusable chemicals will make the district’s buildings safer for both staff and students.

 

The estimated total cost for the disposal of the chemicals is $12,000.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste-tire projects statewide.  Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $685,080 for Gregory Drinking Water Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $685,090 low-interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to Gregory for improvements to the city’s drinking water system.

 

The loan amount includes $185,080 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $500,000.

 

“We are pleased to make these funds available,” Gov. Rounds said. “This loan will help Gregory provide better and more reliable drinking water to city residents.”

 

The project involves installing new water distribution lines at various locations in the city. It also includes construction of a new pump house/treatment building, upgrading pumps, and installing chemical-handling equipment.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $1,044,080. The loan terms are 2.25 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in the borrower reducing the loan repayment amount.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $476,500 for South Lincoln Rural Water System Drinking Water Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $476,500 low-interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for South Lincoln Rural Water System to provide individual water service to Fairview.

 

The loan amount includes $244,500 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $232,000.

 

“We are pleased to make these funds available,” Gov. Rounds said. “Providing this loan to the South Lincoln Rural Water System relieves Fairview from the challenges of operating an aging water system requiring frequent repairs.”

 

The project involves construction of 8.5 miles of South Lincoln Rural Water System water main to reach Fairview and 5,100 feet of new water mains and service lines in the community.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $785,500. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in the borrower reducing the loan repayment amount.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $3 Million for Mount Vernon Wastewater Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jim Feeney or Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $3 million grant and loan package to Mount Vernon for wastewater system improvements.

 

The $3 million in funding includes a $700,000 grant from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program and a $2.3 million low-interest loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. The loan amount includes $1,050,000 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $1,250,000.

 

The funding package is in addition to a $50,000 grant awarded for the project in September. Those funds were used to complete design work and acquire land for a new lagoon and artificial wetland.

 

“We are pleased to be able to make this funding assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “These funds will enable Mount Vernon to make needed improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment system.”

 

The project involves replacing or repairing the town’s entire sanitary sewer collection system and upgrading its wastewater treatment facility.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $3,110,875. The loan terms are 3.25 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in the borrower reducing the loan repayment amount.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $80,000 for LaBolt Wastewater Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jim Feeney or Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved an $80,000 grant to LaBolt from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program for wastewater system improvements.

 

“We are pleased to be able to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “These funds will enable LaBolt to make necessary upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility.”

 

The project involves rehabilitating the clay liners of wastewater treatment ponds, reshaping the interior banks, and installing fabric filters, valves, piping, control structure, and depth indicators.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $180,000.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Consolidated program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $300,000 for Belle Fourche Landfill

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $300,000 grant and loan package for Belle Fourche from the Solid Waste Management Program to purchase a baler for use at the city’s landfill.

 

The funding includes a $240,000 grant and a $60,000 low-interest loan.

 

“We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “The funds will help the Belle Fourche community more efficiently bale solid waste at its landfill by replacing equipment that has outlived its useful life.”

 

The city’s current baler can handle only 12 to 14 tons of refuse per hour, and has cost $200,000 in repairs the past two years. The new baler will handle 25 to 30 tons an hour and has a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $600,000.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects statewide. Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $206,800 Loan for Hot Springs Rubble Pit Closure

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $206,800 low-interest loan for Hot Springs from the Solid Waste Management Program to close a portion of its solid-waste restricted use site.

 

“We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “The funds will help the city complete proper closure on a portion of its restricted use site.”

 

The city was required to close the active fill portion of a restricted use site as part of a court settlement. Minimal services will continue at the site. To complete closure, 24 inches of soil must be placed over about eight acres of the restricted use site.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $258,500. The loan terms are 2.25 percent interest for seven years.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects statewide.  Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund.  The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $1,330 Grant for Platte-Geddes School District

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds said today that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $1,330 grant from the Solid Waste Management Program to the Platte-Geddes School District for disposal of laboratory chemicals.

 

“We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “The funds will help the school district properly dispose of unsafe and unusable laboratory chemicals that are stored in school buildings.”

 

Removing the unsafe and unusable chemicals will make the district’s buildings safer for both staff and students. Applicable disposal regulations will be followed.

 

The estimated total cost for the disposal of chemicals is $2,660.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects statewide.  Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund. The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $190,000 Grant for Southern Missouri Landfill

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $190,000 grant to the Southern Missouri Recycling and Waste Management District from the Solid Waste Management Program for a leachate pond and collection system.

 

“We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “The funds will help the district take steps necessary to protect the environment and address compliance issues at its landfill.”

 

The Southern Missouri Recycling and Waste Management District’s leachate collection system is failing and is under a compliance order to eliminate pooling leachate from within the landfill trench. The project involves construction of a pond to allow leachate to evaporate and stop accumulating in the landfill trench.

 

The estimated total cost of the project is $256,000.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects statewide.  Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund.  The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $175,000 for Tri County Landfill Association Equipment Purchase

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Stacy Froelich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $175,000 grant and low-interest loan package from the Solid Waste Management Program for Tri County Landfill Association to purchase a front-end loader.

 

The funding includes a $102,000 grant and a $73,000 low-interest loan.

 

“We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “The funds will help the Tri County Landfill Association purchase equipment to more efficiently handle solid waste at the landfill.”

 

The new front-end loader will replace a current loader that has outlived its useful life. The current loader was purchased in 1996, has more than 13,000 hours of use, and is having mechanical problems.

 

The estimated cost of the new front-end loader is $255,000. The loan terms are 2.25 percent interest for 7 years.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects statewide.  Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund.  The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to the Solid Waste Management Program through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $28.6 Million for Sioux Falls Water and Wastewater Projects

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D.  – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $28.6 million funding package for Sioux Falls to replace water mains and valves, upgrade its wastewater collection system, and continue restoration efforts in the Big Sioux River watershed. 

 

The $28,589,400 total includes a $4 million loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and a $24,589,400 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

 

“We are pleased to be able to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “These funds will help Sioux Falls make necessary improvements to its drinking water and wastewater systems.”

 

The city’s water system has experienced water main breaks that require expensive repairs. The project involves adding a 20-inch water main along North Cliff Avenue to meet water demands.

 

The proposed upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment and collection system include replacing sanitary and storm sewers along Dakota Avenue from Russell Street to 3rd Street, lining sanitary sewer lines at several locations in Sioux Falls, replacing the interceptor between 11th Street and the Tuthill Lift Station, and replacing a deteriorating reinforced concrete pipe at the Central Main Sanitary Sewer.

 

The funding will also be used to develop the master plan for restoration efforts in the Big Sioux River watershed upstream from Sioux Falls and expand bank stabilization efforts  to reduce sediment.

 

The total estimated cost of the projects is $28.6 million. The loan terms are 2.25 percent interest for 10 years for the drinking water portion and 1.25 percent interest for 10 years for the clean water portion.

 

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $292,500 Loan for Canova Wastewater Lagoon Expansion Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, (605) 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $292,500 low-interest loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to Canova for a wastewater lagoon expansion project.

 

The loan amount includes $200,000 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $92,500.

 

We are pleased to make this financial assistance available,” Gov. Rounds said. “These funds will help Canova obtain sufficient lagoon capacity to comply with terms of the town’s discharge permit.”

 

The project includes adding three acres of artificial wetland to the town’s existing 2.9-acre wastewater treatment pond. The additional capacity will allow the town to operate as a total retention facility. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued a construction schedule to Canova to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility.

 

The estimated cost of the project is $585,000. The loan terms are 3.25 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for wastewater and storm sewer projects.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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Gov. Rounds Announces $441,725 for Faulkton Drinking Water Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $441,725 low-interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to Faulkton for a water- line replacement project.

 

The loan amount includes $341,725 in principal forgiveness, which reduces the repayment amount to $100,000.

 

“We are pleased to make these funds available,” Gov. Rounds said. “This loan will help Faulkton in the city’s efforts to upgrade water lines and provide quality drinking water to its residents.”

 

The project is a continuation of Faulkton’s effort to rehabilitate the city’s drinking water distribution system. This portion of the project involves construction of 3,450 feet of water main in conjunction with a Department of Transportation project along Highway 212.

 

The total estimated cost of the project is $441,725. The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 30 years.

 

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. One of the program requirements is that some of the funds be provided as a subsidy. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in the borrower reducing the loan repayment amount.

 

The board met Thursday and Friday.

 

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