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Tampico gets $2.5 million in federal funds for water main project

July 16, 2018

TAMPICO – The village will receive about $2.5 million in federal funding to replace 2.47 miles of water main line on the northwest side of town.

The announcement came Monday from the office of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline. Tampico will receive the money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development. Approval was given for a $1 million grant and a low-interest loan in the amount of $1.565 million.

The Tampico Village Council gave its approval in October 2016 to pursue funding for the project that will replace 30 percent of the village’s water mains that provide water to about 790 residents.

The project area is bordered by Market Street to the south, Washington Street to the west, Benton Street heading east, and Fourth Street to the north. It also includes water mains in the downtown, and an area south from Benton and east to Kimball near the Tampico Elementary School.

The water is safe, but the aging, undersized mains have had a string of breaks.

“They’ll be replacing 4-inch lines with 6- and 8-inch lines, which will allow for better water flow and higher pressure,” said Matt Hansen of Willet, Hofmann & Associates, the project engineers.

Hansen said the actual water main work will come to about $2 million, and the rest of the money is budgeted for other fees such as engineering and contingencies.

Work could start before the end of the year on what is to be an 11-month job.

“We’ve completed the design work, and now we’re working on acquiring the last of the easements and getting the bids out,” Hansen said. “If we get the easements cleaned up, we could get started by the end of October or November, but it might not be until spring.”

The only other Rural Development funding approved for Bustos’ 17th Congressional District was a combination loan and grant for the village of Joy in Mercer County. That village will receive about $3 million for a new water treatment facility.

“Having access to clean water is essential and these Rural Development dollars will ensure that residents have the infrastructure needed to deliver it to their homes,” Bustos said when making the announcement.

Bustos said that more than half of the nation’s water systems with health violations serve communities with 500 or fewer residents, demonstrating the need for more Rural Development funding.

Tampico has no problems with the Environmental Protection Agency, but the village wants to avoid that scenario in the future. The life span of a water main is about 80 or 90 years and Tampico’s are more than 100 years old, Hansen said.