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State loans Marshfield $6M for water improvements

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued $6.2 million in funding to the city of Marshfield for upgrades to its water system.

The low-interest, subsidized loan — through the DNR’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund — is expected to save Marshfield taxpayers roughly $1.5 million in interest over its 20-year term, according to a news release.

“Effective water treatment systems are essential to our communities’ health and economic vitality,” said Ed Galbraith, director of the DNR’s Division of Environmental Quality, in the release. “With assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and other sources, Marshfield can now make the improvements necessary to continue providing its citizens clean drinking water from a modern, well-functioning system.”

Planned projects in Marshfield include:
• a new 300,000-gallon elevated storage tank;
• installation and replacement of over 6,000 feet of water mains, as well as nearly 3,000 water meters;
• well house repair and replacement;
• new standby generators and chemical feed equipment; and
• rehabilitation of two existing tanks.

In addition to the state loan, the city of Marshfield also is receiving $17,900 from local sources and refinancing a previous loan to help pay for the projects, according to the release.

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