WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Brian Baird announced on May 4 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the city of Raymond for a USDA loan of more than $17 million and more than $10 million in grant funding to complete construction of the Northern Pacific County Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The USDA Rural Development money will go towards building the almost 3 million gallons per day water treatment facility located on the grounds of the current wastewater treatment plant in Raymond. The new water treatment facility will treat wastewater from the cities of Raymond and South Bend allowing them to meet EPA wastewater treatment permit limits through 2027.

"This new regional wastewater facility is just what northern Pacific County needs environmentally and economically," said Baird. "The new facility will upgrade major components to the cities' current facilities and increase treatment capacity. This will help maintain current industries based in Raymond, which provide 200 jobs. Not to mention, the new facility will also mean improved water quality in Willapa Bay which is vital for seafood harvesting and processing."

Construction of the Northern Pacific County Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility is projected to cost $36 million to complete. Terms of the $17,614,000 USDA Rural Development loan are set at 2.5 percent over 40 years. In addition to USDA funding, the city of Raymond previously secured more than $2 million in loans and $3 million in grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The U.S. Department of Energy has provided the project with more than $2 million in additional loans.

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