Tester Secures More Than $1.3 Million for Wastewater Systems Improvements in Harlowton

Funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that the city of Harlowtown will receive a $750,000 loan and a $596,750 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make improvements to their wastewater treatment system.

“Whether it’s for our schools, our main street businesses, or our families, clean water is critical to Montana’s communities, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Tester. “This investment will help Harlowtown improve conditions for small business owners, farmers, and families, protecting clean water and their pocketbooks.”

The City of Harlowtown will receive the funding as part of the USDA Rural Development Loan Program to finance improvements to their wastewater treatment systems. These improvements consist of the installation of an Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system and building, a non-potable water system and wet well, back-up generators, propane tank, lift station pump replacements, sludge removal and disposal, and a telemetry system for the lift station, blower building, and UV building.

Tester has worked diligently to supply Montana’s water and wastewater systems with the funding needed to stay up-to-date. He recently secured $7 million for Hardin to make improvements to their wastewater system, and $335,000 for Wolf Point and $533,000 for Scobey to update outdated water mains. He secured nearly $3 million for Whitehall, Sweet Grass County, Whitefish, Cascade County, Seeley Lake, Sanders County, and Toole County. Additionally, he secured an additional $2 million to make upgrades to Geraldine’s water system.