Tester Secures $165,000 for Water Systems Improvements in Wolf Point

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

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that the City of Wolf Point will receive a $109,000 loan and a $56,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to replace existing water mains in their water 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 Wolf Point will receive the funding as part of the USDA Rural Development Loan Program to replace water mains in their district. The existing mains were first installed by the city of Wolf Point in approximately 1900, and 1950 and have reached the end of their effective life span and need to be replaced. The mains beneath the railroad tracks have been recently experiencing leaks, and when the leaking mains were excavated for repair, the condition of the existing pipe was identified as having significant deterioration, and corrosion.

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Hardin to make improvements to their wastewater system, and $335,000 for Wolf Point and $533,000 for Scobey to update outdated water mains.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