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Public Facilities Authority Awarded $180 million in Final Half of 2021

Funding helps preserve Minnesota's public waterways for future generations

 

February 4, 2022

St. Paul - The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) awarded just over $180 million in the second half of 2021 to 26 Minnesota cities to improve water service and protect waterways. This funding resulting in a total of $193 million invested in Minnesota's water ways during those six months.

"You would be hard pressed to find a city in Minnesota that hasn't benefited from the work of the PFA," said PFA chair and Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Steve Grove. "The work done in these communities across the state will help protect the health of Minnesotans and provide clean drinking water for years to come."

Funding for the projects came primarily from the PFA's Clean and Drinking Water revolving loan funds, as well as grants from the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) and Point Source Implementation Grants (PSIG) programs. In addition to the PFA funding, $1.7 million came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $10.6 million came from other state and local funding sources.

Projects and PFA funding amounts are listed below:

December 21 – Ely, $8,340,020

• Ely's project consists of rehabilitating and improving its wastewater treatment plant components and upgrading filters to reduce mercury discharge. Funding comes from a $5,592,217 Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIG), a $549,561 Clean Water Revolving Fund (CWRF) loan and a $2,198242 Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) grant.

December 9 – Mountain Iron, $535,973

• Mountain Iron's project consists of construction of a new drinking water well and related control building, manholes and watermain. Funding for this project comes from a $535,973 Drinking Water Revolving Fund loan and is aided by $250,000 from the Iron Range Resources Board.

December 9 – Sherburn, $8,181,490

• This project consists of rehabilitation of wastewater treatment components, sludge storage improvements, and a small area of the sewer collection system. Funding for this project comes from $3,181,490 CWRF loan and a $5 million WIF grant.

November 29 – Fairmont, $2,760,479

• Fairmont's project consists of decommissioning the city's spent lime ponds which are no longer needed in the drinking water treatment system. Funding for this project comes from a $2,760,479 CWRF loan.

November 23 – Metropolitan Council, $50,000,000

• The project consists of cash flow financing a number of Metropolitan Council wastewater improvement projects. PFA funding for this project comes from a $50 million CWRF loan.

November 5 – Royalton, $2,211,776

• This project consists of two PFA funded projects one replacing aging watermain, hydrants and valves around Cedar and Driftwood Streets. It is funded by a DWRF loan of $1,311,776. A second project will construct a storm sewer collection system and sedimentation pond in conjunction with the reconstruction of US Highway 10. The project is funded by a special legislative appropriation of $900,000 and a local debt issuance of $825,000.

November 5 – Duluth, $3,857,531

• Duluth's drinking water improvement project consists of rehabilitation of the Middle Booster Station, including replacement and upgrades to existing pumps, motors, and piping. This project is supported with ah DWRF loan of $3,857,531.

November 4 – Tracy, $793,029

• This project consists of rehabilitation of aging sanitary sewer in the area of 6th Street and Harvey Street. The PFA is supporting this project with a $793,029 WIF grant. In addition to the PFA funding this project received a Federal USDA Office of Rural Development grant of $661,200 and a USDA Office of Rural Development loan of $1,130,777.

October 5 - Buhl, $860,000

• Buhl's project consists of rehabilitation and replacement of aging sanitary sewers and manholes. This project is supported with a WIF Wastewater grant of $860,000. In addition to the PFA funding this project is supported by a St. Louis County Community Development Block Grant of $70,000, $125,000 from the Iron Range Resources Rehabilitation Board, a $476,000 grant from the USDA Office of Rural Development and a $600,000 USDA loan.

October 4 - Askov, $1,609,367

• This project consists of looping and replacement of old watermains, hydrants and gate valves. This project is supported with a DWRF loan of $494,135 and a DWRF principal forgiveness grant of $1,115,232.

October 4 - Caledonia, $16,103,748

• This project consists of rehabilitation and improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. This project is funded by a CWRF loan of $8,281,954, a $821,794 CWRF principal forgiveness grant and a $7 million special legislative appropriation.

September 28 - Babbitt, $17,537,384

• This project consists of rehabilitation and improvements to the wastewater treatment facility, including the addition of a membrane bioreactor system to reduce discharge of mercury. PFA funding for this project comes from a Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIG) of $6,530,389 a $6,006,995 CWRF loan and a $5 million WIF grant. The Iron Range Resources Rehabilitation Board provided $250,000 in addition to the PFA funding.

September 14 – Pipestone, $3,671,683

• This funding is for two projects. The first consists of replacing portions of the sanitary sewer collection system along 2nd Street, which is funded by a $1,332,542 CWRF loan. The second project consists of connecting a new well to the water treatment plant and watermain replacement along 2nd street. It is funded by a $467,828 DWRF loan and a $1,871,313 WIF grant.

September 8 – Faribault, $522,527

• Faribault's project consists of construction of a watermain loop to serve the NW area of the city. This project is funded with a $522,527 DWRF loan.

August 31 – Eden Valley, $3,211,312

• This funding is for two projects that consist of replacing sanitary sewer and watermain in the areas of Stearns and Coleman Avenues between Brooks and Bell Streets. The sanitary sewer work is funded by a $1,925,380 CWRF loan. The watermain work is funded by a $1,285,832 DWRF loan.

August 27 – Melrose, $6,377,000

• This consists of improvements to the wastewater treatment facility. PFA funding for this project comes from a $2,096,321 CWRF loan, a $780,679 CWRF principal forgiveness grant and a $3.5 million special legislative appropriation. In addition to the PFA funding the city contributed $4,464,735 from its own funds.

August 27 – Twin Lakes Township, $7,500,000

• The project consists of the design and construction of a water distribution system, support facilities, and related improvements including a water main extension from the city of Carlton along MN Trunk Highway 210. Funding comes from a $7.5 million special legislative appropriation.

August 12 – Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, $5,302,259

• This funding is for two projects to rehabilitate the Hermantown and Knowlton Creek Interceptors. The Hermantown project is funded by a $1,594,934 CWRF loan and the Knowlton Creek Interceptor project is funded by a $3,707,325 CWRF loan.

August 5 – Le Sueur, $2,312,072

• This project consists of new well #8 and wellhouse to provide increased pumping capacity to the water treatment plant. This project is funded by a $2,312,072 DWRF loan.

August 5 – Worthington, $30,322,821

• This project consists of replacing old portions of the wastewater treatment plant and rehabilitating biosolids treatment and storage components. This project is funded by a $30,322,821 CWRF loan.

July 20 – Waverly, $2,423,532

• Waverly's project consists of completing phase 4 of the city's sanitary sewer replacement project around Waverly Lake. This project is funded by a $1,556,775 CWRF loan and a $866,757 WIF grant.

July 20 – Henning, $1,449,374

• This funding is for two projects in Henning. One project consists of replacing aging sanitary sewer, manholes and watermain on 2nd Street between School Avenue and Balmoral Avenue. The sanitary sewer work is funded by a $152,000 CWRF loan and a $608,000 WIF grant, and the watermain work is funded by a $137,875 DWRF loan and a $551,499 WIF grant.

July 20 – Hawley, $926,657

• This project consists of replacing a portion of the sanitary sewer collection system with PVC piping in the area along Joseph, Reno, and Elizabeth Streets and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Streets. It is funded by a $926,657 CWRF loan.

July 20 – Caledonia, $1,286,324

• This project consists of drinking water system improvements, including construction of wellhouse No. 8, associated wellhead improvements, watermain and instillation of a natural gas generator. Funding for this project comes from a $1,286,324 DWRF loan.

July 7 – South Saint Paul, $2,000,000

• The project consists of improvements to the city's water, sanitary and storm water system along Concord Street. This project is supported with a $2 million special legislative appropriation. In addition this project was supported with $3,954,615 from MnDOT programs and $457,016 from the city.

July 7 – Saint Paul Regional Water Services, $250,000

• The project consists of replacing approximately 128 privately-owned lead drinking water service lines in the Saint Paul Regional Water Service area. The PFA is supporting this project with a $250,00 DWRF principal forgiveness grant. In addition to PFA funding, this project received $250,000 from local sources.

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