South Kitsap Also Ran for H2O Stimulus Grants

Steve Gardner’s out today so I got to write about Bremerton, which was the only municipality in Kitsap to a earn a  crack at one stream of economic stimulus funding originating with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and aimed at improving water quality.

The Washington State Department of Health on Monday announced that the city’s proposal for ultraviolet treatment of its drinking water is among 27 projects recommended for funding out of  347 applicants statewide.

The state received  a total of 14 project applications from Kitsap County and 21 from Mason County, two of which have also been recommended for funding.

Projects had to be “shovel ready” within four months.

Those in the South Kitsap area that did not make the cut are listed below, along with projects from North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island. Another project for a water main in Bremerton was also passed aside.

But the list could change based on the results of a public comment period that ends April 6, said Carolyn Cox of the state Department of Health.

The DOH received a total of $38.5 million in economic stimulus funding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency for  water quality. The money will be distributed through the state Public Works Board, which will rule on the Department of Health recommendations on April 7.
The board is taking comments on the draft list of grant recipients through April 6. A public meeting is set for 10 a.m. April 3 at 243 Israel Road SE in Tumwater.
Recommended project
City of Bremerton, $6 million. Ultraviolet treatment and chlorination disinfection upgrades. Principal forgiveness, economically distressed community

Unfunded projects
Cedar Glen Mobile Home Park, upgrades and distribution replacement, $306,500
City of Bremerton, Hilltop Lane water main construction, $246,500
City of Poulsbo, Lincoln Well transmission main, $570,000
West Sound Utility District, water reservoir rafter repairs, $125,000
West Sound Utility District, water main replacement, $600,000
Kitsap Public Utility District, North Peninsula Water System, Kitsap Regional Water Infrastructure Project, $5,822,400
South Bainbridge Water System, South Bainbridge, Fort Ward main relocation, $286,500
City of Port Orchard, Well 5 water supply project, $750,000
Manchester Water District, Banner Road water main, $1,264,200
Manchester Water District, pressure zone improvements, $218,001
Erland Point Water, Erland Point, Trails end and Lakehurst water main replacement, $321,247
Island Utility, Island Utility/Rockaway Beach reliability improvements, $158,459

Ineligible project
City of Poulsbo, $946,000. Can’t begin within 12 mos.

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