CONNELL -- Connell could complete the last major portion of its water and sewer system upgrade if funding for the project included in the proposed state House capital budget comes through.
Connell's Klindworth Campbell waterline distribution project is one of only two Mid-Columbia projects that made it into the proposal released this week.
That budget includes almost $2 million for the project, which would replace deteriorating 60-year-old steel water pipes in two older neighborhoods, said Steve Taylor, Connell city administrator.
Connell would get a $1.4 million loan from the state's public works trust fund and a $540,000 grant.
The other project in Benton and Franklin counties to make it into the proposal was $3.5 million for a Rattlesnake Mountain land purchase.
The Senate's budget proposal has yet to be released.
In Connell, waterline breaks have occurred in the Klindworth and Campbell neighborhoods, Taylor said. The pipes also are too small to provide water needed for fire flow in those areas.
About 11,000 feet of 2-inch and 6-inch water mains will be replaced with 8-inch PVC pipes, according to city documents. The project also would add 12 new fire hydrants to replace others that aren't working properly.
Connell will have to repay the 30-year loan, but interest will be set at 0.5 percent, Taylor said. The city will use its water fund to repay the loan.
The city also would use $100,000 in city money for the project.
The project also is supposed to help the city decrease its water loss to the state Department of Health's requirement of 10 percent or less.