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PFA Approves $3.9 Million for Water System Projects

Heron Lake, Inver Grove Heights, New London and Frazee on funding list

10/3/2017 9:32:44 AM

Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) awarded nearly $3.9 million in grants and loans for water system projects in four Minnesota cities.

The agency approved funding for projects in New London, Inver Grove Heights, Frazee and Heron Lake. Water main improvements and other upgrades are planned.

“These four cities join a growing list of Minnesota communities that have been helped by the Public Facilities Authority over the past 27 years,” said Shawntera Hardy, who chairs the PFA board and is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. “The PFA has financed more than 1,300 public infrastructure projects in over 590 communities statewide since 1990.”

The following is a funding breakdown and summary of the latest projects:

Heron Lake, $1.71 million
The project will connect the city water system to the nearby Red Rock Rural Water System. Funding includes $1.26 million in grants and a $450,692 low-interest loan.

Inver Grove Heights, $296,052
The project consists of a stormwater-management basin that will provide water quality treatment for 25 acres of upland drainage area, which will help to reduce phosphorus runoff. The PFA is providing a $296,052 grant. Local funding is $74,013.

New London, $617,000
The city will make water main improvements. Funding includes a $472,000 principal forgiveness grant and a $145,000 low-interest loan.

Frazee, $1.27 million
Two projects are planned. A water main, five hydrants and 23 gate valves will be installed in one project. Funding includes a $541,368 grant and a $272,778 low-interest loan. In the second project, sewer collection improvements are planned. Funding includes a $334,805 grant and a $120,262 low-interest loan.

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since inception in 1987, the PFA has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota. Read more at the PFA website.


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