Recovery Act clears way for investment in town of Sheridan’s water infrastructure

Senators announce investment in ‘crucial’ new wastewater treatment system

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Major improvements to the Town of Sheridan’s wastewater infrastructure, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will mean cleaner water, and stronger economic opportunities, Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester said today.

Sheridan will use a grant from the Recovery Act to pay for the construction of a new wastewater treatment system.  The town’s aging wastewater treatment system is currently out of compliance with safety standards.

The grant of more than $2.5 million comes alongside an infrastructure loan of more than $2.8 million, also funded through the Recovery Act.

Dave Aune, Vice President of Great West Engineering which will construct the new wastewater treatment system, says the Recovery Act funding is “crucial” to future economICy opportunities in Sheridan.

“It is very exciting to see Recovery Act funds come through for Sheridan,” Aune said.  “Montana’s small communities are struggling to satisfy both current and future wastewater regulations and this funding is critical to help make projects like this more affordable.  With Recovery Act funds, the community will be able to build new wastewater treatment facilities and satisfy the requirements of the Department of Environmental Quality’s administrative order issued to Sheridan.”

“Current and future wastewater regulations are very rigorous and small communities have very limited resources to address these regulations,” Aune added.  “The proposed treatment and irrigation of wastewater is ideally suited to communities like Sheridan.”

“This funding is great news for Sheridan,” Baucus said.  “These dollars will deliver good-paying jobs building needed resources for safer, more reliable infrastructure in our small towns.”

“From the highways we drive on to the pipes that deliver our clean water, folks in rural America depend heavily on infrastructure that’s getting older and more worn out,” Tester said.  “These kinds of investments show the Recovery Act is working—by upgrading that critical infrastructure in our communities, and in turn, driving economic opportunities.”

The Recovery Act is rebuilding Montana’s economy by creating jobs and investing in critical infrastructure upgrades, training and public safety.

The law also cut taxes for Montanans by more than a half billion dollars.