Tester Secures $960,000 for Wastewater Systems Improvements in Sanders County

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

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Sanders County will receive a $770,000 loan and a $190,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to install a new wastewater collection unit in Paradise, MT.

“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.”

Sanders County will receive the funding as part of the USDA Rural Development Loan Program to install a wastewater collection and treatment system in the unincorporated town of Paradise, Montana. The current substandard treatment methods are contributing to degraded water quality for both the town’s domestic water supply and the adjacent Clark Fork River. This project will install a wastewater collection system and a centralized treatment system which will improve the water quality and environmental quality of the community.

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Hardin to make improvements to their wastewater system, and $335,000 for Wolf Point and $533,000 for Scobey to update outdated water mains.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.