The city of Mabton's efforts to pay for a state-mandated $5.6 million wastewater plant upgrade received a big boost this week.
That's because the Washington Department of Ecology is proposing a $4.4 million grant/loan package for Mabton's wastewater improvements.
The city is required to make improvements at its wastewater facility because it is currently at 85 percent of capacity.
The grant/loan proposal was announced this week by the Department of Ecology, with $2.27 million coming from a grant and $2.12 million from a 20-year loan to be paid back at 2.1 percent interest.
Mabton's wastewater project was ranked second among the 100 applications submitted from around the state. Mabton's application was topped only by neighboring Granger, which is in line for a $3.8 million grant/loan package to address its wastewater improvement needs.
The Department of Ecology selected a total of 58 clean water projects to receive a combined share of $89 million in loans and grants starting on July 1, 2012, which begins the state's 2013 fiscal year.
Funding for the loan and grant program comes from a combination of dedicated state and federal monies.
The funding for Mabton and the other 57 proposed grant/loan recipients is contingent on a final state budget. Washington's last state budget allowed up to $111 million in clean water loans and grants for fiscal year 2012.
The Department of Ecology seeks comments about its proposed funding list.
Comments can be sent via e-mail to to Joseph Coppo at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Joseph Coppo, Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.
All comments must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on March 12.