Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Advisory Commission awards $24 million to 19 communities for water quality projects

As released from the Office of Senator Morse, the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Chairman, on September 11, 2018, the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Advisory Commission awarded $24 million to 19 communities for water quality projects.   We have updated the list of approved projects and the Current Project Map (2017-2018).

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News Release

For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2018

Media Contact:
Kate Spiner (Kate.Spiner@leg.state.nh.us,
603.271.3043)
        

Drinking Water and Groundwater Commission awards $24 million to 19 communities for water quality projects

Concord, NH — The Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission recently awarded nearly $24 million in loans and grants to cities, towns, water utilities, cooperatives, and associations across the state to further local drinking water infrastructure projects. 

Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem), who chairs the commission, issued the following statement:

 “The $24 million in funding from the Exxon-Mobil settlement will be put to good use supporting numerous water infrastructure projects focusing on improving drinking water quality and access to water resources in communities across New Hampshire.”

“After a careful and thorough vetting process by the Department of Environmental Services [DES] and dedicated members of the Commission, 19 projects rose to the top out of nearly 90 that were submitted as part of the first series of awards made under the application process since the commission began its work last year. These projects ranged from grants to get lead out of local schools, to addressing both man made contamination from PFOA, MtBE, 1,4 Dioxane, and naturally occurring contamination issues to running lines to areas with supply issues that will assist in spurring economic development.”

“Our intention was to award projects, that in many cases, would not move forward due to local financing constraints. Successful applicants showed that they had ‘skin in the game’ by committing a portion of their own local resources while leveraging additional dollars from other programs in order to get their project across the finish line.”

“I am proud of the Commission and DES for their focused efforts and quick turnaround, establishing a successful process that will be in place for many years to come. I urge future applicants to prepare for the next year’s round of funding by leveraging outside funds to strengthen their chances for obtaining funding from the Trust Fund.”

Background:

Towns receiving awards include: Merrimack, Walpole, Rochester (two projects), Goffstown, Newmarket (two projects), Swanzey, Greenfield, Belmont, West Stewartstown, Errol, Conway (two projects), Gorham, Lebanon, Plymouth, and NH Department of Education. (Note: this award will be distributed by DOE to individual school districts for lead removal projects)  Full list is attached.  

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission was established to oversee the Exxon-Mobil settlement funds awarded to the state as damages from MtBE contamination totaling nearly $278 million.

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