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Missouri Cities Receive Funding for Local Water Projects

July 1, 2014



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 1 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release:

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded low interest loans to four cities for water related projects throughout the state. The receiving cities are Risco, Holland, Belton and St. Joseph.

The city of Risco will receive a $44,150 low-interest loan to add ultraviolet disinfection to the city's wastewater treatment facility. Disinfection eliminates bacteria from wastewater prior to its release into the environment. The project is estimated to cost $130,250. This small borrower loan will be financed through repayments of loans made from Water Pollution Control bonds.

The city of Holland will receive a $50,000 low-interest loan to construct a drinking water transmission line between Holland and Steele and rehabilitate an existing elevated storage tank. The project is estimated to cost $549,800. This small borrower loan will be financed through repayments of loans made from Water Pollution Control bonds and is part of a funding package that also includes a $499,800 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic Development.

The city of Belton will receive a $7 million loan to improve its drinking water distribution system. The city plans to construct a 3 million gallon elevated storage tank and connecting transmission line to the tower. The construction of the storage tank is estimated to cost $5.5 million and the 16-inch transmission line is estimated to cost $1.5 million. Funding for the loan comes from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The city of St. Joseph will receive a $56 million low-interest loan to construct improvements to its wastewater treatment facility. The city will use the funds to replace the grit removal system, upgrade the wastewater treatment system and improve the solids dewatering system. The project is estimated to cost $59 million. Funding comes from Missouri'sClean Water State Revolving Fund.

The Department of Natural Resources will administer the loan funds and is committed to working with communities and public entities to assist with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. For more information, visit the department's Water Protection Financial Assistance Center online (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/srf/).

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