DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- Governor Jim Doyle today announced $447,000 in funding for the City of Darlington to upgrade its water system. Half of the funding will come through the State Drinking Water Loan Program, while the other half comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Governor Doyle made the announcement today as part of his visit to communities in southwest Wisconsin including Monroe, Darlington, Spring Green and Mineral Point to discuss investments in dairy modernization, specialty cheese production, drinking water infrastructure, and grazing.
The Recovery Act funding for Darlington is part of $37 million the state is receiving for its drinking water loan program, doubling the state's annual average.
The City of Darlington will use the funding to replace aging water mains, conserving water and the energy used to pump it, as well as reducing the potential for drinking water contamination.
Darlington's project helps meet the ARRA requirement that 20 percent of the drinking water funds be spent on green projects that conserve water and energy. The types of jobs that will be created include workers to do construction and plumbing.