Rural water infrastructure projects receive ARPA funds

A subdivision and a Hutterite colony in Lewis and Clark County received more than $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds through the Lewis and Clark County Board of County Commissioners and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for water and sewer upgrades.

Eastgate Village near East Helena, which is home to about 2,000 residents, was granted $750,000 of ARPA minimum allocation funds through DNRC and $250,000 from the county’s pot of ARPA money for improvements to its water system. Eastgate Village Water and Sewer Association is contributing $517,000 in matching funds for the project.

Elk Creek Colony, about 5 miles east of Augusta, received $60,000 from both a DNRC competitive grant and county ARPA money for a total of $120,000. The colony is contributing $60,000 in matching funds to the project.

The county allocated its ARPA contributions to the projects in July. The county has earmarked approximately $11 million of its $13 million in ARPA funds so far. 

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Eastgate Village has a seven-well distribution system dating back to the 1970s and a more than 40-year-old pumphouse. One

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