Randall awarded $1.38 million for new water treatment plant
RANDALL—The city of Randall was approved for a funding package of nearly $1.38 million from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority for a new drinking water treatment plant.
Randall, a city of about 650 people in Morrison County, will use the funding to build a plant designed to remove nitrate, arsenic, iron and manganese from the community's water supply.
"Communities across Minnesota face serious water-quality challenges," stated Gov. Mark Dayton in a news release. "Last spring, I worked with the Minnesota Legislature to establish a grant program to help cities afford to make water-quality improvements. These grants and loans will help the residents of Randall to afford the clean water they deserve."
"Randall residents will have safer, cleaner drinking water when this project is completed," stated Shawntera Hardy, who chairs the Public Facilities Authority board and is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. "The new plant will protect public health and encourage economic growth."
The funding includes a $599,612 grant from the PFA's Water Infrastructure Fund and a $776,658 loan from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund. The 20-year, 1 percent loan will save the city $135,065 compared with what it would have paid for a conventional loan of the same amount, the release stated.
The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since inception in 1987, the authority has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota.