Senator Murray Announces Funding to Improve Washington Tribes' Drinking Water Infrastructure

Apr 10 2001

Grants provide for much-needed water transport and treatment facilities

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced grant money totaling $189,000 to fund water treatment and water transport for the Quinault Indian Nation. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"I am pleased that these funds will help provide clean drinking water for the Quinault Tribal community," Murray said. "I am also delighted that a Washington state tribe is benefitting directly from the increase in funds for tribes that I supported last year."

Senator Murray continues to be a strong advocate on behalf of funding for tribal programs. In fiscal year 2001 she cosponsored an amendment to double the available funding to tribes for drinking water and waste disposal grants. The amendment also provided grants for tribal colleges and business development. Thanks in part to Senator Murray's efforts, the amount of funds allocated to these programs doubled from $12 million in 2000 to $24 million in 2001.

In March, Senator Murray announced approval of a $580,300 grant to bring the Chehalis Confederated Tribe's drinking water system into compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. This grant was also funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.