The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday that three areas destroyed by the 2020 wildfires will get millions of dollars in federal funds to assist in repairing and replacing their damaged septic systems.
The government American Rescue Plan Act provided $5.2 million in funding. The 2020 fire-affected areas will be helped by the cash, the Oregon legislature agreed.
The Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, Homes for Good, Lincoln County, and the Eugene Water and Electric Board are among the recipients of the grants.
The funds will be used by all four to help homeowners who have already fixed, are currently repairing, or are replacing their septic systems as a result of the fires.
Financial assistance will be given to people harmed by the Holiday Farm Fire in Lane County via EWEB and Homes for Good, respectively. The assistance will be provided by EWEB through its Pure Water Partners Program, and Homes For Good will work with the Lazy Days Mobile Home Park to create a 30-spot communal septic system. Homes for Good received $575,341 in grant money, while EWEB earned $1,592,410.
The Echo Mountain Complex Fire survivors will receive assistance from Lincoln County. Up to 150 houses will receive septic system repairs or replacements thanks to the money. $1,164,924 was given to the county.
Financial aid will be given to Marion County residents who have been affected by the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires by the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments. They will concentrate on maintaining and upgrading septic systems in unincorporated regions such as Detroit, Idanha, Gates, and others. $2 million was given to the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments.
The city of Detroit’s drinking water treatment system was devastated by the 2020 wildfires, which also poisoned the city’s water supplies. The city had just built a temporary filtration system, but Mayor Jim Trett. News the city had planned to launch a multi-million dollar project to replace the wrecked system.
He anticipated that the system will be finished in the spring of 2023.
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