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Herrera Beutler Advances Federal Funding for Water Treatment Facilities in Carson and Washougal

$4,000,000 in funding for water and wastewater treatment plants to enhance drinking water quality, lower costs for residents and spur economic development

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced today she secured key federal funding for water and wastewater treatment facilities in Carson and Washougal in a spending plan advanced by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Herrera Beutler advocated for the inclusion of these community-requested funding priorities in the FY23 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Appropriations bill: funding for the Carson Water Treatment Plant Rebuild and the Washougal Wastewater Treatment Plant Anoxic Selector Project. The bill now awaits approval from the full U.S. House of Representatives.

“Ensuring residents have access to clean, drinkable water as well as wastewater treatment facilities is critical to the livability of communities like Carson and Washougal,” Herrera Beutler said. “I was pleased to secure a plan to return Southwest Washington tax dollars for these priority projects that will address these communities’ water needs and lower costs for those who live there.”

“We are very grateful for Representative Herrera Beutlers’s support for our Washougal community. These funds will off-set the significant costs we are facing as we plan for required upgrades at our wastewater treatment facility, including an anoxic selector. This federal investment will offset the significant costs placed on rate payers to upgrade sewer utilities, directly benefiting the residents and businesses of the City of Washougal,” Washougal Mayor Rochelle Ramos said.

“This Congressional funding will enable the PUD to complete a much-needed rebuild of the Carson Water Treatment Plant, which serves 2,700 ratepayers in our community and currently struggles to provide reliable drinking water year-round. The PUD wants to thank Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for securing this funding in the House Appropriations bill and for the efforts of Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell to do the same in the Senate,” Skamania PUD Commissioner and Commission President Dave McKenzie.


Project funding details:

Carson Water Treatment Plant Rebuild - $3,000,000

  • This federal funding would construct a new one-million-gallon per day water treatment plant. This project would allow the plant to provide reliable drinking water year-round for current and future needs and reduce staffing times required to safely operate.
  • A reliable and clean source of drinking water in the Carson area is critical for public health and is key for residential, commercial, and industrial growth. This effort will provide multiple benefits for the community and region, including water quality of fish-bearing streams, economic competitiveness of the community’s businesses, and increased affordability for folks throughout the community.

Washougal Wastewater Treatment Plant Anoxic Selector Project - $1,000,000

  • This federal funding will support the installation of a new, required Anoxic Selector at the Washougal Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will enhance water quality, create a more sustainable water supply, double the capacity of the plant, and provide for the future growth and economic development of the Port of Camas-Washougal and the City of Washougal.