The city of Crete has received $8.7 million from the federal government to build a new sewer treatment plant.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development program awarded the funding and made the announcement Friday.
Mayor Roger Foster says the treatment plant is a need not a want. He says the federal funding comes at a time when low-cost funding is available to make the best use of city funds.
The funding was provided through a USDA loan and grant program.
A report prepared for the city last year indicates that the original wastewater treatment facility was constructed in 1974. It concludes that the city's requirements to comply with federal regulations necessitate improvement, expansion, or replacement of the plant.
Cost estimates ranged from $7 million to $10 million.