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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 signed into law by President Obama. Shaheen secured $300,000 to help construct a system to prevent sewer system discharges that threaten public health and damage the environment. The funding was included Fiscal Year 2010 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

"Nashua needs to fix the sewer system to prevent further pollution and quell potential public health concerns," said Shaheen. "These additional funds will help the city make this vital upgrade, and I'm hopeful that this project can get underway quickly so that the city 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 Fiscal Year 2010 Interior Appropriations bill, which includes $7,825,000 for New Hampshire projects.