PIERRE - The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $39 million in grants and loans for projects that involve drinking water, wastewater, storm water and recycling.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the money will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment and enhanced environmental protection.

The awards include nearly $10 million in grants and grant amendments, and $28.7 million in low-interest loans.

The grants and loans are administered by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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