South Dakota allocates $65 million for statewide water and waste projects

(UI) — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced nearly $65 million in grants and loans for water and waste infrastructure projects across the state.

The funding includes $768,000 in grants and $64 million in low-interest loans, with $16.17 million in principal forgiveness. DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts highlighted the importance of this support for maintaining safe and reliable water, wastewater, and solid waste systems.

Key Projects Funded:

  • Britton: $733,000 for wastewater improvements.
  • Central City: $182,000 to address stormwater management.
  • Chamberlain: $500,000 to upgrade the drinking water system.
  • Deadwood: $2.9 million for water system reliability.
  • Grant-Roberts Rural Water System: $2.5 million for capacity improvements, including $619,000 in principal forgiveness.
  • Ipswich: $390,100 for storm sewer construction, with $100,000 in principal forgiveness.
  • Joint Well Field: $4.1 million for a new water treatment plant.
  • Madison: $2.6 million for water infrastructure, plus $2.7 million for sanitary infrastructure.
  • Meadow Crest Sanitary District: $650,000 loan and $168,000 grant for a new well.
  • Mid-Dakota Rural Water System: $14.7 million with full principal forgiveness for bulk water service to Wessington Springs.
  • Miller: $1.1 million for water system improvements, including $720,000 in principal forgiveness.
  • Northville: $125,000 for water storage tank upgrades.
  • Powder House Pass Community Improvement District: $2.1 million for wastewater treatment facility upgrades.
  • Sioux Falls: $11 million for sanitary sewer expansion.
  • South East Council of Governments: $500,000 grant for solid waste management loans.
  • Southern Missouri Recycling and Waste Management District: $100,000 grant and $400,000 loan for a new baler.
  • Wessington Springs: $1.66 million for water system upgrades.
  • West River/Lyman Jones Rural Water System: $14.5 million for capacity and reliability improvements.
  • Weston Heights Sanitary District: $1.1 million for sanitary sewer main improvements.

The board approved the funding during a meeting in Pierre, supported by state and federal sources. These funds aim to enhance the state's infrastructure for water, wastewater, and waste management.

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