OFFICE OF SEN. JON TESTER

BIG SANDY – Sen. Jon Tester on March 6 announced nearly $3 million in Army Corps of Engineer grants for rural Montana water infrastructure upgrades.

A member of the appropriations subcommittee that funds water programs, Tester supported Montana water infrastructure projects as communities applied for these grants, which are made possible through the Water Resources Development Act Section 595 program. The grants can be used to upgrade wastewater treatment facilities, water supply infrastructure, environmental restoration, and surface water resource protection and development.

“Access to clean water is critical to the health of our communities,” Tester said. “Making vital investments in our water infrastructure will improve wellness and boost economic development for folks across our state.”

The WRDA program was created in 1999 and supports investments in rural water infrastructure. The grant requires local governments to match 25 percent of the funding.

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Montana communities receiving water systems grants:

• Belt – $250,000

• Bitterroot – $250,000

• Butte Silver-Bow – $322,000

• Eureka – $300,000

• Gallatin Gateway – $232,000

• Glendive – $200,000

• Joliet – $250,000

• South Wind Water in Great Falls – $500,000

• Three Forks – $400,000

• White Sulphur Springs – $300,000