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Feds granting rural Montana $7.7 million for water infrastructure projects

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The federal government is granting Montana roughly $7.7 million for rural water infrastructure improvement projects.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the payouts Thursday.

The bulk of the funds will go to the Central Montana Regional Water Authority to deliver drinking water to Harlowton and other communities east of Helena. Around $400,000 will also go to replace a waterline in the city of Choteau northwest of Great Falls.

The grants are part of the $272 million the USDA announced this week in Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program funds.

Kayla writes about energy policy, the oil and gas industry and new electricity developments.