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Idaho water organization gets workforce training grant

September 27, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Rural Water Association of Boise is getting a $1.4 million federal grant to build a workforce training center.

The grant was announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday. The Idaho Rural Water Association of Boise estimates the project could help create or retain 550 jobs.

The center will be used to recruit and train members of the Idaho Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network to protect water and wastewater facilities during major flooding events. It will also be used to store special equipment that can be used in the event of a natural disaster.

The money comes from $600 million Congress appropriated for disaster relief and recovery as a result of wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.

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