SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $300,000 FOR CRITICAL SEWAGE UPGRADES IN NASHUA
Funding for sewer improvements will help prevent sewer system discharge, improve public healthSeptember 24, 2009
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that her request for funding to improve Nashua's sewer system and help protect public health has been approved by the Senate. Shaheen secured $300,000 to help construct a system to prevent sewer system discharges that threaten public health and damage the environment. The funding is included Fiscal Year 2010 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill which now goes to the conference committee before final passage.
"The sewer upgrades are necessary for Nashua, and will help protect public health and the environment," said Shaheen. "With these additional funds, I'm hopeful that this project can get underway so that residents of Nashua will benefit from a modernized sewer system, and we can further reduce pollution in the Merrimack River."
During heavy rainfall, the Nashua sewer system sometimes overflows and waste water is washed into the Merrimack River, creating a public health threat and polluting the river. This funding will help Nashua construct a sewer overflow storage system and help create a control system that will increase storage capacity of the city's existing large sewer interceptors.
The funding is part of the 2010 Interior Appropriations bill, which includes $7,825,000 for New Hampshire projects.
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