Projects include 500,000 gallon reservoir, addition of new lines, 2 subdivisions
The PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Senses. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced Friday that the town of La Pine will receive more than $17.7 million in loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for municipal water improvements to s’ away from septic systems, which contaminate groundwater for residents and small businesses.
“Residents of this part of Deschutes County have long suffered from groundwater contamination from septic systems,” said Wyden, who presented the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector Development Act 2022. “The city has already laid the foundation for a municipal wastewater system, so I’m thrilled to see federal funds being used to get this vital municipal wastewater project across the finish line.” This money will help La Pine reduce existing groundwater contamination and protect Oregon’s watersheds in this part of our state for years to come.
“Access to clean, reliable water and a strong water infrastructure system is essential to growing and strengthening our communities and economies,” said Senator Merkley. “This USDA funding to La Pine will provide critical support that will enable the town to improve not only its water infrastructure and sanitation system, but also the quality of the local watershed.”
Improvements to the municipal water system in the Town of La Pine will include the following: construction of a new 500,000 gallon water reservoir, installation of new water distribution lines to improve water cordoning off, circulation and fire evacuation, and the addition of Cagle and Glenwood acres. subdivisions to the municipal water system.
Overall, the senators said the project will ensure that this rural area has the funds needed to improve the capacity of the sewage system, reduce contamination and improve the quality of the watershed for years to come.
“The City of La Pine would like to thank Senators Wyden and Merkley, as well as Congressman Bentz for their efforts on behalf of all citizens who will benefit from these expansion improvements,” said Mayor Dan Richer. “We would also like to express our appreciation for the efforts of the United States Department of Agriculture and its regional representatives, who have been instrumental in making this funding program and project possible. This will significantly improve the livability and long-term sustainability of our community for all current and future citizens.