Des Moines, Iowa — The City of Primghar is set to receive half a million dollars as one of 23 communities that have been awarded a total of $9 million in grants to advance water quality projects.
The funding is made available through the Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Program, which was created as a part of Senate File 512, the first legislation signed into law by Governor Reynolds in January 2018.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says that the first bill she signed into law as Governor in 2018 created a long-term funding source to assist communities in upgrading their water infrastructure. She says the program has done just that, with a total of more than $18 million in investments leveraging more than $375 million in additional funds invested in critical water quality infrastructure projects across the state.
Priorities for grant awards include disadvantaged communities; projects that will significantly improve water quality in their watershed; projects that use alternative wastewater treatment technologies; communities with the highest sewer or water rates; projects that use technology to address nutrient reduction; and projects to address improvements to drinking water source waters.
The program receives a portion of the tax on metered water and had more than $9 million available for allocation in 2022. Grants will be awarded through the program on an annual basis through 2039.