Colorado wastewater treatment grants

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DENVER (AP) -- Municipalities across Colorado with wastewater treatment facilities are getting $14.7 million in state grants to help pay for improvements to comply with new nutrient standards.

The new standards adopted last year by the state's Water Quality Control Commission are aimed at keep nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen out of state waters. About 40 of the state's 400 municipal wastewater systems must comply with new nutrient limits.

Lawmakers this year passed a bill establishing the grant program. While it's a one-time source of funds, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday he hopes the state can continue to help.

Twenty-one municipal wastewater and sanitation districts are getting the grants. The Colorado Municipal League called it a great start, but remains concerned about the long-term costs of compliance to local ratepayers.

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