The state is providing $3.75 million from the 2021 federal stimulus bill for projects related to water conservation and safe-drinking water for Park Falls, in north Wisconsin.
The investment will help the utility cover its rising operating costs. Park Falls’ water utility has been struggling with a steep fall in demand following the closing of the local paper mill. The grant will help the city install new water mains, make water-tower improvements and undertake other projects to save water, prevent water lines from freezing and ensure water services remain reliable for city residents.
“The city of Park Falls has faced changing community needs, higher costs, and limitations of older infrastructure for years,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “Today’s investment will make necessary improvements to the city’s aging water utility system, and make sure that residents have access to clean, safe, and reliable water.”