Hundreds of applications for ARPA water, sewer grants in Montana

HELENA — Hundreds of local governments and associations in Montana are seeking federal COVID relief money to pay for water and sewer infrastructure projects – and state leaders are facing decisions about which of those projects are going to get funding.

During the Montana legislative session, lawmakers identified these projects as a top priority. In House Bill 632, they directed more than $500 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to general infrastructure – primarily water and sewer improvements.