Houston, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority announced yesterday that $124 million in loan and grants in the first half of 2021 for water and infrastructure projects, and Houston, Minnesota was one of the 24 communities to receive funds.

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According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Houston will receive a state loan of $1,198,986 and a Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) grant of $2,994,507. The total project cost is $4,193,493.

In a press release, State Representative Greg Davids said that Houston's wastewater treatment plant was in need of rehabilitation.

“Houston’s wastewater treatment plant is in need of rehabilitation and this funding will allow the project to move forward,” Davids said. “I’m pleased Houston is receiving the assistance it needs, and am thankful state and local officials were able to secure this funding for this critical project."

Twenty-four total communities throughout Minnesota received loans and grants.

“Responsible management of our public waterways is a basic expectation of government,” said PFA chair and Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Steve Grove. “These 24 projects will ensure our citizens have clean drinking water for years to come.”

Most of the funding came directly from the PFA’s Clean Water and Drinking Water revolving loan funds, and grants from the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) and Point Source Implementation Grants (PSIG) grants programs. An additional $150 million came from other state funding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local sources.

You can see the entire list of communities that received funds on Minnesota DEED's website.

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