Klobuchar, Smith Announce Significant Funding to Improve Water Systems in Renville County

WASHINGTON, D.C. [12/01/22] — U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (Both D-Minn.), announced over $830,00 in federal funding to replace and improve water and sewage systems in the city of Olivia, Minnesota. The project will replace deteriorated storm drainage systems, hydrants, and water and sewer mains.

“When we invest in wastewater infrastructure and storm drainage systems, we invest in the safety of our communities,” said Klobuchar. “These resources will enable key upgrades to Olivia’s outdated water treatment facilities and storm pipes, helping to protect the health and safety of families across the city.”

“It may not be the flashiest project, but updating outdated water systems will make a real difference for those in and around Renville County,” said Smith. “I am proud of our work to secure infrastructure investments like this one and will continue working with local leaders across Minnesota to address infrastructure needs of all shapes and sizes.” 

The investment is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program. The sewer system in the city of Olivia was constructed in the 1930s and ninety percent of the system in line to be replaced is over 70 years old. The project will replace deteriorated water and sewer lines as well as storm drainage systems and hydrants. Over 2,500 Minnesotans in Renville County will benefit from these improvements.