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On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State announced that several KLGR-area communities will be receiving about $30 million in grants to make water infrastructure improvements.

USDA is financing projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help state and local governments, private nonprofits and federally recognized Tribes build and improve rural wastewater systems.

KLGR-area grant recipients include:
— Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System in Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties, will use a $26,179,000 loan and a $2,194,000 grant to make water infrastructure improvements.
The funding will help construct a new water source and water treatment facility, including three groundwater wells, a new lime softening water treatment plant, transmission and distribution pipeline, and metering facilities for new customers. The project also includes improvements to the water treatment facility, including additional finished water storage and a redundant lime contact basin.

— The City of Lake Lillian, Kandiyohi County, $1,579,000 grant to make improvements to their water treatment facility. The current facility treats groundwater that is sourced from two wells, and it no longer meets the health and sanitary standards for treating removal of iron, manganese and arsenic, disinfection, and fluoridation. This project will allow the city to install a more efficient filter system and improve the quality of the drinking water for the city’s 238 residents.

— City of Clarksfield, in Yellow Medicine County, $637,000, to provide additional financing to repair and improve the water and waste water systems in the city of Clarkfield. It will result in improved drinking water filtration, increase the efficiency of wastewater treatment, reduce wastewater seepage, eliminate watermain leaks, and provide maintenance to the water tower.