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$6.2 million granted to Iowa communities to improve water quality

Treynor in Pottawattamie County one of the grantees
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference about an update on the state's response to the new coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-03 17:26:42-05

DES MOINES, IA. (KMTV) — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday that 16 communities across Iowa will be awarded $6.2 million in grants to advance and improve water quality projects.

The Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Program provided funding for these grants. This program receives a portion of the tax on metered water.

There was more than $6 million in allocation in 2021. These grants will be awarded on a yearly basis through 2039.

“The first bill I signed into law as Governor in 2018 created opportunities for communities to upgrade their water infrastructure and I’ve remained steadfast in my commitment to building upon that,” said Gov. Reynolds.

A committee consisting of members from the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship was in charge of judging the applications based on the program priorities.

These priorities include disadvantaged communities, communities with the highest water and sewer rates, projects that address improvement to drinking water, and projects to greatly improve water quality.

Here is a breakdown of each community that received funds:

  • Adel $300,000
  • Auburn $100,000
  • Boone $200,000
  • Britt $500,000
  • Carlisle $500,000
  • Chariton $500,000
  • Winneshiek County-Festina $300,000
  • Grandview $500,000
  • Hartford $500,000
  • Indianola $500,000
  • Lake Park $300,000
  • McGregor $500,000
  • Mount Ayr $300,000
  • Perry $500,000
  • Treynor $300,000
  • Wheatland $400,000

The estimated total for all projects across the 16 communities is $154,685,596.

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