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The Town of Metaline ( pop 160) is the first water system in the state to sign a loan deal using funds from the federal stimulus for badly needed drinking water improvements.
Under the recovery act, Metaline is receiving $600,000 loan to replace a water-filtering system which is 50 years old. These funds is being paired with $ 980,000 federal Community Development Block Grant for a new 320,000 gallon water storage tank, a new filtration plant and new service meters .A total of $1, 580,000 funding assistance is given to a community with population of 160 . This is $ 9875 to everyone living in Metaline in Pend Oreille County.