O’Ban secures state funding for new water treatment facility

An update to the state’s current two-year capital construction budget received broad, bipartisan support today as Sen. Steve O’Ban secured $1.5 million for the Lakewood Water District. Funding will go to repair the water treatment plant to protect drinking water from contamination and provide a high quality water supply for more than 60,000 local residents.

“Basic necessities like safe and clean drinking water are essential for every community,” said O’Ban, R-Pierce County. “This smart investment will help our local district invest in significant and long-term improvements for our water supply, keeping people now and in the future well-served and safe.”

The state’s capital budget pays for statewide infrastructure to maintain and construct public schools, higher education facilities, parks and other state and community assets. This year’s update adds $95 million in projects focused on mental health facilities, K-12 classroom construction, along with other state infrastructure investments.

The grant will be provided to the Lakewood Water District and administered by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Lawmakers voted on the supplemental capital and operating budgets on the final day of the 2016 special legislative session.