Funds would help pay for Fallon water treatment
RENO, Nev. (AP) – The U.S. Senate has approved $6.8 million in funding for Nevada projects as part of the VA-HUD spending bill, including more than $3.1 million to build a water treatment plant and reduce arsenic in Fallon’s drinking water.
Besides money to help build a plant, the bill also includes $100,000 for removing arsenic from drinking water at schools before the treatment plant is finished.
The Senate and the House of Representatives have each passed their own version of the Veterans Affairs-Housing and Urban Development spending bill. The two will now meet in committee to agree on a final version.
Fallon City Councilman John Tewell welcomed the news, even if it is only a portion of the $10 million required to construct the treatment plant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Fallon to reduce arsenic in its drinking water last August.
The federal drinking water standard for arsenic is 50 parts per billion. Fallon’s water was found to contain 100 parts per billion.
The community was given three years to bring its arsenic levels within acceptable limits. The city is working with the Naval Air Station in Fallon and local tribes to meet the deadline.
Other Nevada projects included in the bill:
– $250,000 for the Boys and Girls Club in Carson City.
– $750,000 for the Friendship Lane Housing Revitalization Project.
– $250,000 for the Intertribal Council of Nevada to establish a housing division to help the state’s 26 tribes.
– $750,000 for the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium for research and development of geothermal energy technology.
– $50,000 for a Reno veterans memorial.
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