FED STIMULUS MONEY COMES TO STARTUP: Crumbling Water Mains To Get Major Facelift May 01, 2009
Chart that shows Startup's funding for water main project: CLICK TO OPEN
(STARTUP,WA) -- Startup’s long-standing and serious water main issue appears to be solved thanks to a big shot of federal economic stimulus package money.
Washington State is distributing about $38.5 Million dollars in federal economic recovery funds for drinking water construction projects and Startup will receive from that total over $5 Million bucks -- $5,145,843 to be exact – to repair it’s outdated, crumbling and potentially health threatening water main system.
The money will be distributed through the state’s Department of Health's Office of Drinking Water and so far Startup - a town of some 500 residents - is the only town in Snohomish County to be approved for those federal water project stimulus funds.
To see all the cities and town that have had federal stimulus money approved for water projects click on the PDF file to the upper right and a chart will open showing what each city and town in the state will receive.
The chart contains drinking water projects the Department of Health and State Public Works Board approved for federal stimulus funds under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
MILES OF CRUMBLING WATER PIPE IN STARTUP
The miles of half century old asbestos-cement pipes under the dirt in Startup have been crumbling for years causing a threat to public health. As the pipes have broken down one by one the town spent tens of thousands of dollars to repair the breaks but each time it was like sticking a finger in a crumbling dike, as eventually a new break would occur later.
In May of last year The Startup Water District reported a water main break on SR 2, between 366th Ave SE and 367th Ave SE and had to reroute service to continue to serve as many people as possible. Residents at that time were cautioned to boil all drinking water until the drinking water advisory was lifted.
Startup began applying for grants and loans to try to fix the problem one street at a time. Now, the new federal stimulus money will be enough to repair the full system. The work is expected to be completed in about twenty-four months.
The Department of Health's Office of Drinking Water reviewed 347 project applications totaling more than $415 Million dollars. A total of 24 projects in 18 counties were approved for funding.
There wasn't enough money to pay for every eligible project. The state gave weight to projects that could start within four months. The department also looked for projects that addressed high-priority public health issues and projects in disadvantaged communities where economic hits have been the hardest and jobs are sorely needed.