State awards $ 2 million to Western Wayne Regional Sewerage District project

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Indiana – The Western Wayne Regional Sewer District has received $ 2 million in state assistance for its new treatment plant.

The state recently announced the recipients of the grant cycle of the State Fund for Water Infrastructure. There were 500 requests that requested more than $ 700 million in funding when only $ 50 million was available in the current fiscal year. The Western Wayne Regional Sewer District was one of 22 funding applications.

According to SWIF award information, the Sewer District will contribute $ 18,400,000 to the project, the local money most committed to one of the 22 projects to receive funding.

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Funding decisions have been prioritized for projects that include an area with a low to moderate median household income and a moderate to high level of co-financing, and that meet regional needs.

The goal of the SWIF program is to provide funding for projects that protect and improve public health and water quality, respond to a regional solution, and provide substantial tariff relief to Indiana utility customers who need it most.

Sugar Creek Packing Co., WWRSD’s largest customer, has pledged to stay with the district, and the Wayne County government has pledged $ 1 million in a lift station project from the Gateway industrial park. The county wanted to ensure that additional wastewater treatment capacity was available to attract new manufacturers to the park.

County funding has been approved. The Wayne County Economic Development Corporation contributed $ 400,000 from the Consolidated EDIT Fund, the County contributed $ 400,000 from its EDIT Fund, and the Redevelopment Commission contributed $ 200,000.

As part of its investment, the county won two seats on the District Sewerage Board. The Commissioners appointed Ron Holbrook and Brock Gettinger to fill the seats.

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