Wisconsin receives $ 42.7 million for rural infrastructure


STEVENS POINT, Wisconsin (WEAU) – Seven rural municipalities in Wisconsin are expected to receive $ 42.7 million in federal funding to help solve infrastructure problems.

The US Department of Agriculture has announced investments of $ 307 million in grants and loans to improve rural water and sanitation infrastructure, with a significant portion of the funds earmarked for Wisconsin. Municipalities in 34 states and Puerto Rico will receive grants or loans to address critical infrastructure issues.

In Wisconsin, more than half of the state’s investment will go to the city of Kiel, which will receive a $ 23.9 million loan to repair or replace its wastewater treatment plant and increase its capacity. The project will modernize the plant for future use while addressing 42 years of small modifications made to accommodate a growing population, as well as normal wear and tear from use. The USDA says the project will improve services for more than 3,800 people.

Loans of $ 5 million will be used by the City of Waupun to upgrade its 2018-built wastewater treatment plant, which serves more than 11,000 people, with a phosphorus removal system. Another $ 4.8 in loans and $ 1.5 million in grants is planned for the village of Edgar to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility, originally built in the 1930s and later upgraded. times in 1968. Edgar’s facility serves approximately 1,400 people.

The town of Wilton in west-central Wisconsin is using a $ 2.8 million grant and $ 1.6 million loan to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility, built in 1980, which serves approximately 500 people. Most of the work will be done to bring the facility into compliance with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.

Two villages in the Driftless Zone in western Wisconsin will receive assistance to relocate infrastructure after years of flooding that damaged existing structures. The village of Viola receives a grant of $ 972,000 and a loan of $ 1.3 million to move infrastructure, such as water pumps and mains, out of a floodplain near the Kickapoo River, which flooded the city six times in the past 14 years. New infrastructure will be built in a proposed resettlement area. The village of Ontario, also located on the Kickapoo, receives a grant of $ 465,000 and a loan of $ 414,000 to build new flood mitigation infrastructure, as well as to relocate its main pipes outside of the floodplain. The two projects combined will serve approximately 1,300 people.

At Rusk Co., the village of Bruce receives a grant of $ 78,000 to upgrade its wells and water systems for nearly 800 people. In addition to the USDA investment, Bruce will also receive additional funds from MNR for additional sewage and water improvements.

USDA funds the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program, designed to serve households and businesses in rural areas.

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