(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced final Congressional passage of $1.5 million in the fiscal year 2002 VA-HUD Conference Report to help the Wahkiakum County Public Utility District come into compliance with federal drinking water standards. The Conference Report passed the Senate by a vote of 87-7. The Conference report will now be sent to President Bush to be signed into law.
"These funds will help to provide clean, affordable drinking water to the residents of western Wahkiakum County," Senator Murray said. "Without these federal funds, members of this community would have to pay $90 per month for water once the County installed new drinking water infrastructure. I am very pleased that Congress has made this commitment to helping residents of Wahkiakum County."
The County is providing $632,000 for a water source-of-supply project that consists of two new wells, a pumping plant, and water treatment facilities. The $1.5 million grant will be used for a drinking water distribution system in the Deep River/Salmon Creek area of Wahkiakum County.