August 15, 2018

Plymouth to Receive More than $5.5 Million in Grants for Water System Upgrades

**Additional $7.7 Million provided in loans**

Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Annie Kuster announced that Plymouth will receive millions in grant funding and loans to make upgrades to city water infrastructure and wastewater systems. The funding and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development include a grant of $3,450,000.00 and a loan of $5,225,000.00 to make upgrades and improvements to the town’s sewer and wastewater system as well as a grant of $2,104,000.00 and a loan of $2,568,000.00 to replace three miles of outdated and undersized mains and replace the town well field. USDA Rural Development Funding is a program authorized in the Farm Bill. As a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, Kuster will advocate for robust USDA Rural Development funding.

“Our communities must be able to depend on safe, clean water which is why it’s imperative that we safeguard local water infrastructure against potential contamination,” said Senator Shaheen. “Protecting public health in New Hampshire requires reliable water infrastructure, and this funding will provide Plymouth with needed resources to improve their water systems. I am pleased to see this substantial federal investment for the Plymouth community, and I will continue to work across the aisle to ensure Granite Staters have access to safe water.”

“Investing in New Hampshire’s aging water infrastructure is important to advancing the health, well-being, and safety of hard-working Granite Staters, and this federal funding is critical to those efforts.” Senator Hassan said. “By investing in water infrastructure projects in Plymouth, this funding will help better protect against water contamination in the community and improve the capacity of the town’s wastewater system now and in the future. I’ll keep working to ensure that New Hampshire has a strong, modern water infrastructure system to support our people, communities, and economy.”

“These upgrades to Plymouth’s water and wastewater systems are critical to supporting the growth of Plymouth and the local economy,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I am a strong supporter of USDA Rural Development funding because of the wide variety of projects that it supports in rural communities across New Hampshire, and as a Conferee on the Farm Bill Conference Committee, I’ll work to advance robust funding for this program. I look forward to continuing to fight for Plymouth and cities and towns throughout New Hampshire seeking resources to bolster economic development and strengthen their communities.”