BEND, Ore. -

The city of Bend?s Surface Water Improvement project will receive $10 million from the Infrastructure Finance Authority?s Water/Wastewater Finance Program and $7.25 million from the State Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund in the form of low-interest loans.

The SDWRLF also awarded the project a $750,000 Green Project Reserve grant for the hydroelectric facility.

The Oregon Drinking Water Advisory Committee voted unanimously last Friday to support the project with low-interest loans for construction of a new water treatment plant.

The additional Green Project Reserve grant funds were awarded because the project?s hydroelectric facility will generate renewable energy from the gravity-fed water flowing through the upgraded system.

These funding sources provide more than 25 percent of the revenue needed for the project which is expected to begin construction in 2012.

About the Project

The Bend Public Works Department is addressing aging infrastructure and new federal requirements to provide continued access to cost effective, clean, and reliable drinking water for Bend residents and businesses now and for the future. The Surface Water Improvement Project will update the City?s Bridge Creek water supply system by:

?Replacing failing water supply pipelines with a new pipeline under existing roadways.

?Providing opportunity for several new fire hydrants along Skyliners Road for fire suppression.

?Adding flow-control features to the new pipeline; minimizing environmental impacts by only diverting water needed for beneficial use by the City of Bend.

?Providing fish screening and passage facilities at the Bridge Creek intake facility site.

?Building a water treatment plant to filter surface water from Bridge Creek and meet new federal drinking water regulations.

?Building a new hydroelectric facility to generate renewable energy.

More information is available on the project website: