Pinesdale now has a new water treatment facility thanks in large part to grants from the Montana Department of Commerce. Division Administrator of the Community Development Division Jennifer Olson explains.

“Pinesdale has been working with our Treasure State Endowment Program and our Community Development Block Grant program to help construct a new water facility in order to provide drinking water to the town and its residents,” said Olson. “We are pretty excited about the clean drinking water that is coming to Pinesdale.”

According to Olson, this new facility replaces a 50-year-old system that didn’t reliably produce safe drinking water.

“Combined with other state and federal funds, we were able to get them some funding in order to offset the cost,” Olson said. “Otherwise with an entirely loan funded project this would have been quite a large financial detriment to the community.”

The new facility also received funding from the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development for a total project cost of $2.4 million.