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Department of Ecology awards grants for waste water treatment

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GRANGER, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Ecology has selected the cities of Granger, Mabton and Snohomish to receive loans and grants for wastewater treatment plant projects. 

The EOE has selected 57 clean water projects to receive a share of $82 million in loans and grants beginning in the state's next fiscal year 2013, which began on July 1.

The state expects the funding to fuel hundreds of jobs. The projects include upgrades and expansion of sewer plants and collection systems; septic system improvements; water re-use facilities; water cleanup projects; stormwater and groundwater projects; stream-side restoration projects, and public clean water education projects.

The state's nationally recognized integrated funding process combines multiple funding programs into one-stop shopping for communities that need financial assistance to pay for clean water projects.      

Granger and Mabton were among five wastewater treatment projects that qualified for hardship status. They will receive grants, forgivable principal loans that do not have to be paid back, and low interest loans. The other three recipients for the hardship funds were Rock Island in Douglas County; the Skokomish Indian Tribe for work at Potlatch in Mason County; and Mason County for work in Belfair.