Gildford’s groundwater was spared risk of possible contamination last week, when renovations to the Gildford Water and Sewage District’s wastewater system were completed.
District Chairman Jim Stuart of Gildford said there were many changes to strengthen the system and prevent any seepage or leaks.
“We put new liners in our lagoon,” Stuart said. “We re-did our lift station, relined it with a new tar material so it wouldn’t eat away at the concrete.”
He also said they replaced lift pumps and valves and installed new grinder pumps.
The total cost of changes came to $1,234,400, with payment coming from four different sources, which Gildford secured with the help of Bear Paw Development Corp.’s Annmarie Robinson.
These funding sources were:
• $538,000 — Montana Department of Commerce Treasure State Endowment Program
• $100,000 — Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Renewable Recourse Grant and Loan Program
• $178,000 — Army Corp of Engineers Water Resource Development Act
• $418,400 — Montana State Revolving Loan Fund.
Stuart said that a few years ago both Rudyard and Gildford were due for site updates, but the county only had enough funding for one.
“We felt Rudyard was more in need of those funds at the time,” Stuart said. “Then we got some ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) money that allowed our update.”
The changes were designed by NCI Engineering and built by Phillips Construction, both of Great Falls.
The update took three months to complete.