CDPHE: State provides $2 million for small community wastewater system improvements

REMOTE, June 7: Thirteen wastewater systems in small communities throughout Colorado will receive $2 million to plan, design, or construct wastewater treatment systems necessary to protect public health and water quality. 

CDPHE manages the Small Communities Grant Program to support small, largely rural, communities that can face challenges securing funding to address aging infrastructure and to improve their drinking water and sanitation systems. To qualify for the program, communities must demonstrate a financial need and have a population of 5,000 or less. Applications are scored based on this along with compliance status,  public health risk, water quality improvement, and readiness to proceed.  

“The Small Communities Grant Program is one of our tools to make sure that all Coloradans have a safe and clean environment,” said Shaun McGrath, Environmental Health and Protection Director. “These funds help communities that may not have the resources to make necessary upgrades to their wastewater infrastructure.”


Governmental agencies, nonprofit public water systems, and counties representing unincorporated areas with fewer than 5,000 people were eligible to apply for grants up to $50,000 for a Tier 1 grant and up to $400,000 for a Tier 2 grant in this funding cycle. Tier 1 projects will use the funds for planning and design, while Tier 2 projects include planning, design, and construction. 

Wastewater System Improvement Projects

Tier 1 Awards:

  • Town of Kit Carson- $50,000 
  • Town of Limon- $49,250
  • Town of Akron- $17,250
  • Aspen Village Metropolitan District- $50,000
  • Town of Stratton- $33,500

Tier 2 Awards:

  • City of Creede- $400,000
  • City of Las Animas- $91,100
  • Town of Manzanola- $400,000
  • City of Idaho Springs- $25,000
  • Town of Romeo- $100,000
  • Louviers Water and Sanitation District- $313,000
  • Town of Pagosa Springs- $400,000
  • Town of Eads- $70,900

The grant awards for Tier 1 and Tier 2 drinking water projects have not been finalized and will be announced soon. 

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

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