KNAPP LAKE — People living around three southwest Noble County lakes will have something extra to celebrate on Earth Day Friday: Their area is receiving $4.8 million in federal money to install a sewer system.
The Knapp Lake Area Conservancy District will receive a $3.483 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, a separate $500,000 grant and an $850,000 loan for constructing a sewer system around Knapp, Bause and Harper lakes, said Michael Novac of the Indiana Rural Assistance Program.
The larger grant and loan are already in place, but have a five-year time limit for completion, Novac said.
The $500,000 loan is a Community Development Block Grant loan, on which there is an 18-month time limit for work to be completed, Novac said. That loan won’t be issued officially until later, since work for the project is expected to take about two years.
The grant’s impact will be huge for the residents of the area, said Noble County Health Department sanitarian Jack Chronister.
“There’s going to be no hookup fees,” he said.
Residents will pay about $60 per month for sewer service, which Chronister described as a low rate.
The sewers are needed because of ongoing problems around the lakes, Chronister said.
Novac agreed. “They had high E. coli counts in some of the areas around the lakes and in the lakes themselves,” he said.
Those problems also included wells that failed testing, Chronister said.
Income surveys around the area helped get grant funding, Chronister said.
The sewers will be hooked into North Webster’s wastewater treatment facility, he said.