There are numerous ongoing efforts involving the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) and Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) as flood recovery efforts continue.
NDEQ is providing interim 0% loans to assist in rebuilding drinking water and wastewater facilities.
NDEQ assists communities in determining their best financial options. In the long term, the vast majority of the money distributed through the 0% Wastewater and Drinking Water Interim Loan Program will be recovered by the state’s State Revolving Loan Funds. For more information, call (402) 471-4200.
The Nebraska Energy Office, in conjunction with Nebraska lending institutions, is providing Dollar and Energy Saving Loans at 1% interest (subject to lender approval).
The Energy Office has opened this ultra-low interest loan offering to all Nebraskans to make energy efficient home and farm improvements such as:
More information can be found in the Loan Factsheet. The 1% loan offer will be effective until July 1, 2019 or as funds are available.
Free home weatherization services are available through the Energy Office Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Furnaces and/or air-conditioning systems may qualify for free replacement for low income individuals. The program pays for weatherization assistance up to $5,000.
Those interested in applying for free weatherization should contact their Local Regional Service Provider which is listed in the Low Income Weatherization Factsheet.
NDEQ partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to offer free well testing in nine communities. Well owners provided samples of their water, which were tested for total coliform and E. coli.
A total of 786 samples were collected. Overall, 26% of these samples tested positive for coliform. Of that 26%, 33% also tested positive for E. coli.
NDEQ continues to provide oversight and support in multiple areas:
If you have questions regarding these issues, contact the NDEQ hotline at 1-(877) 253-2603, or visit deq.ne.gov.