As part of Iowa’s Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF), Gov. Kim Reynolds announced $38 million Friday to go toward three water quality and infrastructure projects across Iowa.
In Eastern Iowa, up to $11 million will be awarded to the Dyersville East Road Utilities Project at the Field of Dreams site for water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure, according to a news release. The project will serve 114,000 Iowans across two counties and create approximately 350 jobs.
“Today’s significant announcement demonstrates our commitment to water quality in Iowa,” said Gov. Reynolds in a statement. “Our goal is to build and nurture our communities by investing in infrastructure that promotes healthy and welcoming areas to live, work and raise a family. Not only will these three grants enhance our state’s water infrastructure, but they will make significant contributions to economic development.”
Up to $15 million will be awarded to the Iowa Confluence Water Trails Project in downtown Des Moines to mitigate the dam on Fluer Drive. The project is expected to bring more than 150 jobs and more than $100 million in increased local revenue.
In Sioux Center, the Lewis & Clark Center Regional Water System will receive up to $12 million for expansion and should provide an additional 15 million gallons of water per day.
These investments are part of Ms. Reynold’s December pledge to invest $100 million in water infrastructure and water quality efforts in the state. The goal of the investments is to reduce excess nutrients, improve public health, promote reuse of water and wastewater and provide economic benefits to the state.