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Federal money will help water quality in Geraldine

More than $2 million in federal money will soon be put to work in Geraldine
Posted: 3:13 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-17 15:13:25-04

GREAT FALLS — More than $2 million in federal money will soon be put to work in Geraldine in south-central Chouteau County.

The money will be used to "help deliver safe, clean water to Geraldine," according to a press release from U.S. Senator Jon Tester's (D-MT) office.

The funding includes $1.561 million in grant funding and a $606,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

It will enable to community to replace 6,800 feet of clay collection pipe with PVC, buy new manholes and a UV disinfection system, and conduct repairs to their sewage lagoon.

Tester said in the press release: “Whether you're raising cattle or raising kids, everyone needs access to clean water. This investment will strengthen Geraldine’s water infrastructure, helping small businesses, families, and producers get consistently clean water and a smooth-running sewer system.”

The improvements to Geraldine’s wastewater system will help it comply with its discharge permit and provide reliable service for the homes and businesses that rely on the system.

The project will help the community serve its 116 residences and 20 non-residential hook ups.