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Corps seeks public comment on improvements to water distribution system in Harlowton

Published Nov. 25, 2019

HARLOWTON, Mont. – A proposal to improve the water distribution system for Harlowton, Montana is currently available for public comment through Dec. 27, 2019.

Proposed improvements to the water distribution system include replacement of approximately 650 linear feet of 12-inch PVC water main, 810 linear feet of 8-inch PVC water main, 500 linear feet of 6-inch ductile iron water main, 4,230 linear feet of 6-inch PVC water main, and all associated valves, fittings, fire hydrants, service lines, service connections, and asphalt replacement.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft environmental assessment, which can be downloaded at: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Project-Reports/. Comments can be mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PMA-C; ATTN: Chris Weber, Harlowton EA; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901. Comments can also be emailed to: cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than Dec. 27, 2019.

BACKGROUND: The purpose of the proposed project is to continue upgrading water distribution system pipes serving Harlowton that are at the end of their service life. The remaining water main pipes that have not yet been upgraded are 80-year old cast iron pipes subject to corrosion and failure. There have been more than 30 breaks per year in the last six years.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ funding for this project is authorized under Section 595 of the 1999 Water Resources Development Act, as amended. This authority allows the Corps to participate in projects for wastewater treatment, water supply, and related facilities in Idaho, Montana, rural Nevada, New Mexico, rural Utah and Wyoming. Design and construction assistance is provided only for projects that are owned by public entities and project costs are shared 75% federal contribution and 25% non-federal contribution.

Omaha District Public Affairs

Release no. 19-137