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Million dollar WaterSMART grant awarded to KID

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KENNEWICK - The Kennewick Irrigation District has been awarded a $1 million water and energy efficiency grant. This is KID'S fourth WaterSMART grant from the U.S Bureau of Reclamation, bringing the total they have received over the last eight years to $4.8 million. 

KID plans to finish the canal lining in urban areas throughout Kennewick, Richland and West Richland with this grant. Once they are done with those sectors they will be able to continue the canal lining out in Badger Canyon on the main canal.  

The grant helps leverage local funds with federal dollars to get more canal lining done. Two-thirds of the project funding comes from local share which is the KID ratepayer dollars and one-third comes from the federal government.

"The most important things for us to communicate to our ratepayers is that these are dollars that are coming out of their checkbook," says Jason McShane, Engineering Project Manager. "Every time we can get federal dollars to go with those local dollars we can stretch it that much further."

McShane also says lining the entire canal system in urban corridors provides for better protection and safer situations throughout the canal. 

Canal lining leads to a reduction in water loss and can help prevent risk of a canal embankment failure. Less water loss during the summer can also lead to customers ability to water their lawns more often as long as they don't exceed their water allocation.

KID also wants to emphasize the importance of canal safety. They say parents should maintain an open communication with their children about the dangers of playing in canals. 
     

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