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Commission Selected to Apply for Federal Funding for Water Infrastructure Upgrades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that they have selected Medford Water Commission as one of 55 prospective projects from both public and private entities across the country to submit formal applications for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans.
WIFIA is a federal program that provides low-cost supplemental loans to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure. In October 2020, the Commission submitted a Letter of Interest for funding in which several projects were bundled into a larger one called the Rogue Valley Water Supply Resiliency Project, a $113 million dollar project in total (of which the maximum portion of eligible costs that WIFIA can fund is 49%). It includes the expansion of the Duff Water Treatment Plant to 65 mgd, conveyance improvements to deliver the 65 mgd into our system, the Water Quality Improvement Project (pH adjustment at the water treatment plant and Big Butte Springs), a new reduced pressure reservoir, and rebuilding storage at Capital Hill. These projects will improve the risk and resiliency of our system.
The 55 new projects that are being invited to apply will result in over $12 billion in clean water and drinking water infrastructure improvements in communities across the United States. Ours is one of only three in Oregon, and the largest of the three. This does not mean that we have been selected to receive funding at this time, but that we have been selected to move into the next round of eligibility and invited to formally apply. Following the submission of our application, evaluation and selection of projects will occur within three to seven months.
As the Rogue Valley’s trusted municipal water provider, receiving this funding would help support our entire region, benefitting not just Medford, but our Partner Cities of Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix, and Talent, and the two Water Districts we serve as well. This is a great opportunity for our utility and is part of a larger financial strategy to fund long-term projects that will allow us to serve our customers for the next 100 years.

Click here for the complete list of projects selected to apply and more information on WIFIA.

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