The east Pierce County town of Carbonado received more than $6 million in grant funding and $2.2 million in loans from the United States Department of Agriculture to upgrade its water and waste disposal infrastructure, the department said Monday.
Carbonado is one of 103 communities to receive funding as part of the initiative, designed to improve rural water infrastructure for more than 200,000 people in 35 states. The funds can support drinking water, waste disposal and storm water drainage systems, according to a news release.
Carbonado received funding for two separate projects, one of just three municipalities supported to receive multiple awards. One project will replace the town’s 100-year-old sewer system, made of shallow clay pipe. The new system will involve nearly 14,000 square feet of “gravity sewer mains,” and new asphalt will be laid on impacted streets.
The other project will replace Carbonado’s water mains, which have also been in use for a full century. It will involve 18,800 linear feet of water mains, plus 38 fire hydrants and 212 service connections. As with the sewer upgrades, roads affected by the water main project will be resurfaced.
“Robust, modern infrastructure is foundational for quality of life and economic opportunity — no matter what zip code you live in,” said Anne Hazlett, USDA assistant to the secretary for rural development. “USDA is committed to being a strong partner in addressing rural infrastructure needs to support a more prosperous future in rural communities.”
Carbonado, about 10 miles south of Buckley, had a population of 682 in 2016, a sharp 24.7 percent uptick from a year before. It is one of five entities in Washington to receive funding; others include Friday Harbor and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe near Sequim.