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Funding for sewer improvements will help prevent sewer system discharge, improve public health

(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 Appropriations Committee. Shaheen worked to secure $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 Senate floor for final passage.

"These infrastructure upgrades are a major win for the City of Nashua," said Shaheen. "These important upgrades will help protect public health in Nashua and prevent pollution to the Merrimack River, and I can't wait for work on this important project to get underway."

 "The funding for this project comes at a critical time, especially since it coincides with our new wastewater treatment facility that has just gone on line," said Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. "We're grateful to Senator Shaheen for recognizing the importance of this project to both our residents and the environment."

During heavy rainfall, the Nashua sewer system sometimes overflows and wastewater 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 was approved today by the Appropriations Committee as part of the 2010 Interior Appropriations bill, which includes $7,825,000 for New Hampshire projects.