DEQ awards $500,000 in funding assistance to Boise Public School District in Ada County
Thursday, March 07, 2019
BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $500,000 in funding to the Boise Public School District in Ada County to conserve water and reduce exposure to lead in drinking water.
The Boise Public School District detected lead in the drinking water of 27 schools constructed prior to 1986 and has undertaken a rigorous program to address the issue. The funding will be used to remove lead fixtures; install lead-free, water-efficient fixtures; and place charcoal filters at select locations to create water efficiencies by eliminating line and fixture flushing.
The funding assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable terms represent a $556,084 savings to the district when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.