Town of Wolcott receives $4.5 million grant to revamp wastewater infrastructure

The Town of Wolcott is preparing to construct a new wastewater treatment facility thanks to a 4 million dollar grant. News 18's Marvin Bills spoke with town leaders about how they hope improving wastewater treatment infrastructure will grow and diversify the local economy.

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 5:17 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2020 7:14 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) —"I learned about it last night," said Town Council President Michael Johnson.

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a $4.5 million grant to White County to construct a new wastewater treatment facility in the town of Wolcott. Johnson said it's exciting news for Wolcott.

"A sweetener factory is coming from Chicago with about seventeen different families coming down with it and we will provide the wastewater for them so it's great," said Johnson.

He said Wolcott's wastewater system is about 50 years old and needs to be revamped. Clerk Treasurer Pamela Bennett said Wolcott is expanding so this needed to happening sooner rather than later.

"Our town is growing and the more it grows we have to be able to have the benefits for these people, we have to be able to give them their utilities," said Bennett.

Bennett said the families coming in town to work at different facilities such as Egg Life factory will greatly help the town financially too. Although because town leaders just found out about the grant they don't have a financial forecast available.

"When you are bringing in more families that's more water that is used so then that creates revenue for us," said Bennett.

The U.S. Department of Commerce said the improved wastewater treatment infrastructure will grow and diversify the local economy while preparing for natural disasters, a point Wastewater Superintendent Abigail Ewen agrees with.

"It'll make our jobs a lot easier and updated version," said Ewen. "We'll be able to reach more houses and businesses."

Council President Michael Johnson said it normally costs around $8 million dollars to build a new wastewater facility. 

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