FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 13, 2017
PROVIDES $5.6 MILLION FOR
NEW WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM
~Project will reduce strain on wastewater system, and protect public health and environment~
The City of Springfield recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the project.
SPRINGFIELD, Fla. – The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection recently awarded the city of Springfield $5.6 million to rehabilitate the city's wastewater collection system. The project was funded through the state's Clean Water
State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.
"We are proud to work with local communities
like Springfield to provide funding assistance for infrastructure replacement projects," said Drew Bartlett, DEP
deputy secretary for ecosystems restoration. "Projects like this help
protect public health and our environment."
Recently, the city of Springfield held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which consists of rehabilitating and constructing a new gravity sewer, and reducing the amount of stormwater entering the city's collection system by replacing deteriorating infrastructure. A significant portion of the $5.6 million loan,
$4.1 million, has principal forgiveness and does not need
to be repaid by the community.
"We are grateful to DEP for funding to assist the city with this pipe replacement," said Donald "Lee" Penton, Springfield city clerk. "Our residents and community will certainly benefit by having a reliable sewer system that won't harm the environment."
The CWSRF Program has awarded approximately $1.1 billion in funding for
nearly 120 wastewater and stormwater improvement projects during the past five
years, and a total of $4 billion in loan funds since its inception in
1989. The program is funded by federal grants, state matching funds, loan
repayments and interest earnings. For more information, visit DEP's Water Project Funding webpage.