Valley City Times-Record

Fort Ransom, one of three State Revolving Fund loans awarded for water and sanitary sewer projects

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Revolving Fund Programs, jointly administer­ed by the North Dakota Department of Environmen­tal Quality and the North Dakota Public Finance Authority, awarded three loans for water and sanitary sewer projects in December.

• Fort Ransom received an $847,000 loan to repair a broken force main under the Sheyenne River and rehabilita­te two lift sta- tions. This project will ensure the safe trans- mission of wastewater to the residents.

• Lincoln received a $1,858,000 loan to- wards a project to con- struct a new water stor- age tank, replacing an existing water storage tank with structural deficienci­es and improving water pressure in parts of the city. The new tank will allow safe water storage for residents.

• Center received a $4,700,000 loan to reconstruc­t the existing wastewater treatment lagoons and replace the existing lift station and force main to the lagoons. This will allow for the safe reclamatio­n of the sanitary sewer water. (The North Dakota Industrial Commission also approves loans greater than $2 million.)

The U.S. Environmen­tal Protection Agency provides part of the SRF Programs funding, which offers below-market interest rate loans to political subdivisio­ns for financing projects authorized under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. SRF programs operate nationwide to provide funding to maintain and improve the infrastruc­ture that protects our vital water resources.

Loans are awarded to projects listed on the project priority list based on project eligibilit­y determined by the Department of Environmen­tal Quality and the Public Finance Authority’s review of repayment ability. The Public Finance Authority

is overseen by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Attorney General Drew H. Wrigley, and Agricultur­e Commission­er Doug Goehring. Please contact the Department of Environmen­tal Quality at regarding specific detail on any of the projects mentioned above.

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