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Corps seeks public comment on improvements to water treatment plant system in Lockwood, Montana

Published Dec. 20, 2019

Lockwood, Mont. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Omaha District is now accepting public comments for a proposal to improve the water distribution system for the Lockwood Water and Sewer District, Lockwood, Montana. Comments will be taken through Jan. 20, 2020. The proposed project is needed in order to address evidence of bacteria in the water supply and provide clean, potable drinking water to the growing community in accordance with safe drinking water guidance.

Proposed improvements to the existing water treatment plant include the addition of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, two additional clarifier-filter trains, and the expansion of the existing water treatment plant building. UV light is a common, cost-effective treatment method used by water treatment plants and is typically more effective than chlorine for treating pathogens such as Cryptosporidium.

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, Lockwood 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 Jan. 20, 2020.

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.

Release no. 19-147