CHARLESTOWN — Charlestown received nearly $4.3 million this week in federal funds to help the city’s long-sought drinking water project to improve water quality in North Charlestown.
City officials were notified this week that $4,289,000 in total federal funds has been awarded to Charlestown by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) to fund the city’s Interconnection Project, which will connect the Main Charlestown Well to 134 public water users in North Charlestown whose well water has arsenic levels that exceed state regulations.
The funding includes a $1,286,700 grant from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) and a $3,002,300 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund. Charlestown will be eligible for loan principal forgiveness. The amount of this rebate will be determined once the project is completed.
In 2021, Charlestown voters on Town Meeting Day authorized the city to request up to $4.6 million in bonds or grants to fund the project, although no bonds were offered at this time. the.
Charlestown Selectboard member Shelly Andrus said this funding will help the city provide clean drinking water to all residents and allow the city to expand public water access to unserved areas of the city. town.
“This is the first step for Charlestown in upgrading the resources and services we provide and it’s just the beginning of a brighter, cleaner future for our residents,” Andrus told the Eagle. Times.
The Charlestown project is the first to receive final approval for infrastructure funding from ARPA in New Hampshire. Gov. Chris Sununu and the Executive Council on Wednesday approved funding for the Charlestown project.
“We are tackling drinking water issues head on,” Governor Chris Sununu said. “We are making strategic and vital improvements to our state’s water infrastructure and these one-time investments will benefit Granite Staters for generations to come.”
The Charlestown Selectboard had considered many options to address well contamination in North Charlestown, including new well drilling and improved screens. The board ultimately concluded that connecting North Charlestown to its main Charlestown supply was the best long-term choice, after research and consultation with engineers and the Charlestown Superintendent of Waters.
This project will include the construction of a booster station to address low pressure issues in North Charlestown’s existing water system.
ARPA, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill aimed at accelerating the county’s economic recovery from the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic and resulting recession, has passed the US House of Representatives. United States on March 10, 2021 and signed the following day by President Joe Biden.