Wisconsin DNR concurred with an engineering report detailing the need for a large-scale water system improvement project in the small community of Elcho, Wisconsin. The water system, operated by Elcho Sanitary District, had twelve significant deficiencies and very little revenue to implement the necessary improvements.
Projects costs were approximately at $1.8 million. Robert E. Lee & Associates, the Town of Elcho and Elcho Sanitary District coordinated with three different funding agencies to secure funding that would allow the Sanitary District to construct the majority of recommended work. Elcho’s water system improvements would ultimately utilize grant and loan money from Community Development Block Grant for Public Facilities (CDBG-PF), Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA-RD) loan and grant. CDBG-PF grant for $522,000; SDWLP loan for $188,000; USDA-RD loan for $596,000; and a USDA-RD grant for $571,000.
Work included an elevated storage tank, water main looping and new pipe installation of larger diameter pipe.