FEMA has provided the city of West Jordan more than $160,000 for repairs to a water storage tank. The funds are provided from the agency’s Public Assistance program as part of a major disaster declaration issued in 2020.
Utah Division of Emergency Management Director Kriss Hamlet says the assistance will “help to minimize the chance of losing the water supply for West Jordan in the event of a future earthquake” or disaster.
The Public Assistance program generally provides assistance to restore infrastructure to its pre-disaster condition. However, in this case, mitigation funding was provided as it will make the facility more resistant to damage in the future.
Another unique element of the project is that the West Jordan facility had insurance coverage that paid for the repairs so FEMA was able to help with the costs not covered by insurance as well as the cost-effective mitigation effort. THe mitigation portion of the project totaled nearly $120,000.