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Published January 18, 2023

DNR awards water grant to Iberia

IBERIA - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded a $22,800 Drinking Water Engineering Report grant to the city of Iberia to evaluate the city’s drinking water system.

The department’s Drinking Water Engineering Report Grant program offers funding to small communities for engineering costs incurred during preparation of an engineering report.

The city will use the grant to fund the development of a report intended to identify drinking water system improvements that will enable the system to continue to operate a water system that meets drinking water quality standards and provides reliable water services.

Through the grant, the village has an opportunity to assess its system and identify improvements for capacity, efficiency and effectiveness, as well as to satisfy public health and safe drinking water regulations.

According to DNR, this will help the community plan for future growth and development and determine what actions are needed to address its drinking water needs.

Through its Financial Assistance Center, DNR provides funding opportunities for qualified communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs.

This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

According to DNR:

The Financial Assistance Center is dedicated to helping communities plan, finance and build water infrastructure projects that improve the lives of Missourians. The center provides financial assistance to applicants for projects including drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and a variety of other water quality improvements. 

Congress established the State Revolving Funds (SRF) programs to provide states with a mechanism to offer low-cost financing for a wide range of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. 

Managed by the Financial Assistance Center, the Clean Water SRF funds wastewater treatment, sewer rehabilitation and stormwater improvements.

The Drinking Water SRF funds water treatment and distribution, water storage facilities, wells and interconnection/consolidation.

The Financial Assistance Center also offers grants that assist small communities in paying for engineering reports necessary to develop infrastructure projects and a state Small Borrower Loan program for small communities that need assistance financing small projects.

For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/business-industry-other-entities/financial-opportunities/financial-assistance-center

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