Wyoming, Maquoketa awarded USDA water project grants

     Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer announced USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal aid totaling $6.8 million for the cities of Wyoming and Maquoketa to improve and ensure safe water and sanitary wastewater disposal.

     The combination of federal grants and loans will fund the replacement of aging, undersized, and corroded water mains in both cities.

     The awards are as follows:

     • Wyoming, $334,000 loan and $226,000 grant to replace city water mains. The city will contribute an additional $51,000 to the project, which will benefit an estimated 515 people.

     • Maquoketa, $6.2 million loan to replace the water main along the city’s Platt Street Corridor and upgrade stormwater catch basins. An estimated 6,136 people will benefit from this project.

     “Upgrading and improving critical infrastructure improves the quality of life for Iowans and prepares our cities and towns for new economic growth,” Finkenauer said. “USDA grants and loans like these are critical to the health and wellbeing of Iowa’s cities, towns, and rural places.”

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