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Gov. Reynolds Announces $2 million in Grants to 11 communities for Water Quality Projects

Water Quality

Des Moines – Governor Reynolds today announced that the cities of Dakota City, Early, Fontanelle, Fort Atkinson, Janesville, Ladora, Lone Tree, Melcher-Dallas, Preston, Runnells and Russell have been awarded a total of $2 million in grants to advance water quality projects.

The funding is made available through the Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Program, which was created as a part of Senate File 512, the first legislation signed into law by Governor Reynolds in January 2018.

“Water quality is critical for our families, farmers, and for sustained economic growth in all corners of our state,” said Gov. Reynolds.
“In 2018 I signed SF512, creating a creating a long-term, dedicated revenue source for water quality in the state of Iowa."

“The investment announced today is the latest example of how SF512 has strengthened our partnerships with local communities in support of clean water infrastructure,” said Gov. Reynolds.

"As I said back in 2018, we have more work to do and I look forward to working with lawmakers to take additional steps to preserve Iowa’s precious natural resources.”

The Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Program receives a portion of the tax on metered water and had $2 million available for allocation in 2020. Grants will be awarded through the program on an annual basis through 2029 and available funds will increase each year.

The 2020 awards announced today are the second year of awards through the program. In 2019, eight communities were awarded a total of $775,000. The program is expected to have approximately $5 million in available funds in 2021 and will climb to more than $6 million in 2029, based on the increase of the portion of tax that will be allocated to the program.

The 2020 program received 23 applications requesting more than $6 million in water quality investments.
A committee consisting of designees from the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship judged the Wastewater and Drinking Water Financial Assistance Program applications based on the program’s priorities.

Priorities for grant awards include: Disadvantaged communities; Projects that will significantly improve water quality in their watershed; Projects that use alternative wastewater treatment technologies; Communities with the highest sewer or water rates; Projects that use technology to address nutrient reduction; and projects to address improvements to drinking water source waters.

2020 Wastewater and Drinking Water Financial Assistance Program Grant Awards 

Grant Recipient   Grant Award  Total Project Cost   Description 
Dakota City $100,000  $973,123 Treatment Improvements
Early $250,000  $3,346,000 New Drinking Water Treatment Facility
Fontanelle $300,000  $3,120,000 Treatment Improvements
Fort Atkinson $300,000  $3,575,198 Treatment Improvements
Janesville $100,000  $1,295,500 Treatment Improvements
Ladora $200,000  $1,617,900 Treatment Improvements
Lone Tree $100,000  $6,920,000 Treatment Improvements
Melcher-Dallas $200,000  $3,040,082 Treatment Improvements
Preston $100,000  $1,420,000 Treatment Improvements
Runnells $150,000  $2,950,000 Treatment Improvements
Russell $200,000  $2,316,482 Treatment Improvements