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Lincoln receives SRF loans to modernize wastewater treatment system

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the town of Lincoln, Mont., has been approved for two State Revolving Fund loans totaling $538,900 to finance improvements to its wastewater treatment system.

Most of Lincoln’s wastewater infrastructure, including the sewer system, pump stations and treatment plant, are all original components installed in 1986. The Center Avenue and Blackfoot River pump stations are now unreliable due to aging and damage, including a lightning strike at the Blackfoot station in 2014. Failure of either station would cause wastewater to build up in wet wells, forcing it back into individual septic tanks, private residences, public areas, or roads. Problems with the pumps, electrical system, and controls have required emergency repairs in recent years. 

To finance the improvements, Lincoln will borrow $430,000 from the State Revolving Fund at 2.5% interest for 30 years. The town will also receive a second SRF loan for $108,900 that will be forgiven if certain conditions are met. Lincoln also received a Renewable Resource Grant from DNRC worth $125,000 for the project.   

Copper Creek Construction of Great Falls has been awarded the bid for the project, which is expected to be completed by December of this year. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will oversee implementation of the project while DNRC administers the loan.  

“Communities that invest in modern infrastructure, including drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, benefit now and for generations to come,” Bullock said. “These projects not only create good-paying jobs for Montana workers, they better prepare our communities for new growth and development enhance the health and well-being of our citizens, and protect our soil, groundwater and surface water.”