The Bipartisan Bill Will Invest $54 Billion for Water Infrastructure, including $10 Billion Specifically to Address PFAS Contamination
Senator Hassan visits the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
HAMPTON – Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan visited the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant, where she spoke with senior leadership at the plant, as well as community leaders on the Seacoast, about the water infrastructure needs that would be addressed in the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“The Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant is an important public utility that provides significant value to the entire community, and I was glad that the infrastructure bill that I worked to negotiate and pass through the Senate included significant funding to support public water systems like this one,” Senator Hassan said. “This historic investment in our water infrastructure will be a game-changer for communities across New Hampshire, including on our Seacoast, that can use this funding to address their aging infrastructure. I was also pleased to help secure dedicated funding to address PFAS contamination, which will help bring peace of mind to parents who should not have to worry about whether the water flowing from their tap is safe for their children.”
“Hampton’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was one of the first plants of its kind in New Hampshire, and it’s now in need of serious upgrades in order to ensure that it can continue to meet the needs of Hampton residents,” said Michael Carle, President of the New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association & Chief Operator for the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant. “The infrastructure bill that Senator Hassan worked to negotiate includes significant funding that will help communities like ours afford the renovations that are needed to ensure that wastewater needs are met, and I am grateful for her efforts to include this important funding in the final bill.”
Last year, the Town of Hampton began the process of making significant upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. The cost to implement the first phase of construction is funded through a low-interest loan provided by New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, through a program called the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The bipartisan infrastructure bill increases funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which will help provide needed financial assistance to towns like Hampton that are upgrading their water systems.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill also includes $54 billion to strengthen water infrastructure for communities in New Hampshire and across the country, including $10 billion specifically to address PFAS contamination. Additionally, the bipartisan bill includes Senator Hassan’s measure to better ensure that New Hampshire towns would be eligible for an advanced technology grant program that can be used to remove PFAS from drinking water.