Public entities have until Nov. 2 to apply for state Department of Ecology funding for water-quality projects.

Ecology expects to offer about $138 million in grants and loans to local governments, public utility districts, federally recognized Indian tribes, conservation districts, universities, health departments and other eligible groups.

Projects that might qualify for such funding include sewage system improvements, water re-use facilities, stormwater and groundwater projects, stream-side protection and restoration, and public education about clean water.

Ecology will make its offers at the end of the 2013 legislative session, once the state budget is final. Funding can begin July 1, 2013, which is the start of the 2014 state fiscal year.

Every $1 million spent in construction and design funding creates 11 jobs in Washington, state financial managers have estimated.

For information on how to qualify for funding, visit Ecology’s Water Quality Financial Assistance website at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/funding.html.

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