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$23.9M approved for projects to improve water quality across New Hampshire


September 12. 2018 2:03PM
Among the grant recipient's is a Department of Education program to remove lead from drinking water in schools, which will receive $1.6 million. (File photo)

CONCORD Rural and suburban communities across the state are sharing nearly $24 million in awards to improve drinking water and groundwater under the latest rounds of grants from the Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission, the New Hampshire Senate has announced.

The awards range from $405,000 in Merrimack for water treatments, to $1.6 million for the state Department of Education to remove lead from drinking water in schools.

New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, who chairs the Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission, said the nearly $24 million comes from funds the state received after suing ExxonMobil for MtBE contamination to New Hampshire groundwater. The Commission oversees the $278 million in ExxonMobil damages.

The Commission approved $14.1 million in grants and $9.8 million in loans. The grants will go to municipalities, water utilities, cooperatives and associations.

The projects were chosen from 90 that were submitted to the state Department of Environmental Services for consideration.

Several address manmade contamination from PFOA, MtBE and 1,4 Dioxane. Others involve running lines to areas with supply issues that will assist in spurring economic development.

“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,” Morse said.

Recipients of the awards include: Merrimack, Walpole, Rochester (two projects), Goffstown, Newmarket (two projects), Swanzey, Greenfield, Belmont, West Stewartstown, Errol, Conway (two projects), Gorham, Lebanon, Plymouth and the Department of Education.


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