Federal grants and state loans provide $18.5 million for water projects

August 19 – CONCORD – US Federal Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and State Drinking Water Grants and Loans have combined to provide $18.5 million in grants to communities to address PFAS , improve wastewater treatment and prevent further contamination.

The grants are divided into three programs, one to update sanitation systems, one to help cities plan to identify water system needs, and the third to make improvements to the water system. drinking water infrastructure.

Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council approved these grants as a combination of federal grants and state-guaranteed loans.

Cities receiving these grants included:

—Henniker: a $960,000 ARPA grant and a $2.14 million grant from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) to upgrade its wastewater treatment system;

—Seabrook: an ARPA grant of $528,000 and a CWSWRF loan of $2.1 million for its own wastewater improvements;

—Hampton: a $100,000 ARPA grant for clean water planning;

—Laconia: an ARPA grant of $747,600 and a CWSRF loan of $2.2 million for its water infrastructure and $100,000 in ARPA money for planning;

—Franklin: Winnipesaukee River Basin program secured $459,000 ARPA grant and $1.1 million CWSRF loan for its clean water infrastructure;

—Canaan: Mascoma Valley Cooperative Inc. Received $2 Million ARPA Grant for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Upgrades »

—Claremont: The city secured a $1 million ARPA loan and $1.6 million from the State Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) to repair infrastructure to prevent contaminants such as that arsenic and lead from entering drinking water;

—Derry: The Autumn Woods development in the city won a $52,000 ARPA grant to repair infrastructure;

—Bedford: a $1.5 million ARAPA grant to make water improvements to address the presence of PFAS chemical contaminants;

—Hampton: Aquarion Water Co. in town will receive a $1.3 million ARPA grant and $428,250 drinking water grant from the state to address PFAS;

—Swanzey and Plymouth: each received a $30,000 ARPA grant to plan their wastewater and stormwater systems and,

—Portsmouth: an ARPA grant of $210,000 for the same reason as Swanzey and Plymouth.

Investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure are eligible expenditures under ARPA, state officials said.

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