Low-interest state loans to help fund $14m water treatment plant in Pelham

Published: 05/18/2022 20:40:49

Modified: 05/18/2022 20:39:03

AMHERST — Construction of the new Centennial Water Treatment Plant in Pelham, likely to cost at least $14 million, will be part of the state’s revolving fund program under which the city will receive low-interest loans. interest in the project.

Amherst officials announced Tuesday that the plant will be one of 183 projects across the state receiving $1.3 billion in loans and grants to build, upgrade or replace processing plants. water and wastewater treatment, improving water quality and reducing energy consumption and treatment plant costs.

When completed, the long-planned project, for which the city council approved a loan in 2020, will supply up to 1 million gallons per day of treated water to Amherst’s drinking water system, replacing an outdated plant. who no longer has an effective and effective treatment.

City Manager Paul Bockelman said the plant is primarily a backup water source for the city, with the city’s main water coming either from wells in the Lawrence Marsh in South Amherst or from the Atkins Reservoir in Shutesbury and its processing plant in the Cushman part. from the city.

But bringing the Hills and Hawley Reservoirs back online in Pelham, Bockelman said, will improve the resilience, sustainability and future development of the town, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College.

“Providing an adequate supply of drinking water to our customers and institutions is one of the city’s most important tasks,” Bockelman said.

The state is also proposing to reduce the borrowing rate for Amherst from 2% to 1.5% because it is a Housing Choice community.

“I am thrilled that the city’s longstanding efforts to make significant infrastructure improvements, modernize its water systems and protect the health of its residents are being supported by this federal and state partnership,” said the State Representative Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, in a statement.

State Revolving Fund funding is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and funds projects implemented by cities and towns, regional water supply and wastewater treatment districts, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority .

Meanwhile, Bockelman, Public Works Department Superintendent Guilford Mooring and City Council President Lynn Griesemer recently provided letters and testimony in support of a bill that includes additional funding of $3.5 million dollars for Centennial. This internal bill is called the “Investment in Future Opportunities for Resilience, Workforce and Downtown Revitalization Act”.

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

Comments are closed.