Department of Ecology News Release - September 16, 2015
Grants fund drought projects from Spokane to Startup
Wenatchee and Kennewick irrigation districts, water haulers to benefit
OLYMPIA – Drought relief funding will help ease congestion and safety
concerns at a water hauling station north of Spokane, improve the water delivery
system for a Wenatchee irrigation district and allow the Kennewick Irrigation
District to store water for use in really busy times.
In Northwest Washington, the town of Startup is receiving funding for a well
rehabilitation project in the latest round of drought relief grants approved by
the Washington Department of Ecology.
A total of
grants have been approved for funding from the $16 million approved by the
2015 Legislature to use over the next two years to help relieve drought
- Whitworth Water District No. 2 will receive
$56,000 to move a drive-in water filling station to a less
congested area in north Spokane County. Because of the drought,
the number of rural homeowners with dry wells needing to haul
water from the station has more than doubled. The grant money
will allow the water district to move the water-filling station
from where it is now between two buildings with a narrow
driveway next to a busy highway to a location where water
haulers can safely maneuver their trailers with water tanks.
- Stemilt Irrigation District in Wenatchee
will receive $41,500 to replace 3,000 feet of inadequate, aging
pipe and add two pump booster stations to its irrigation system.
This will allow access to reservoir water to replace withdrawals
from Stemilt Creek. The Stemilt district provides irrigation
water for 1,300 acres of prime fruit orchards in Chelan County.
- Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) will
receive $45,304 to rent large water pumps and install them in
strategic locations in the district to allow KID to store water
in off peak periods and utilize it in peak demand periods. The
stored water will allow KID to deliver additional water to its
23,249 agricultural and residential customers to offset cuts to
its water allocation, reduced to less than half of normal by the
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation because of the drought.
- Startup Water District will receive $15,400
to repair and rehabilitate one of two wells in its water system
that supplies 560 customers. The well has not delivered water
since June. The grant money will be used to purchase a new pump
and motor, and clean and scrub a clogged well screen.
Gov. Jay Inslee made the entire state eligible for drought relief funding
when he declared a statewide
drought May 15. Public entities such as cities, public utilities and
irrigation districts can get help paying for developing alternative water
supplies or deepening existing groundwater wells. Applicants are required to
fund half the cost of their projects.
Applications are still being accepted for drought relief projects. More
information can be found on the
Drought Emergency Grant Program website. Projects must be completed by
Dec. 31, 2015, and begin providing immediate relief from the drought.
Dan Partridge, communications,
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