HARTFORD — Governor Malloy announced that a major package of $480 million in grants and loans to protect the state’s water quality by financing local projects aimed at improving wastewater treatment plants and sanitary sewer systems is expected to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets Friday.
“Connecticut must continue to be a leader in providing financial support for the efforts of our cities, towns, and regional authorities to modernize and improve wastewater treatment plants and sanitary sewer systems in order to protect the quality of our rivers, streams, and Long Island Sound, as well as the health of our residents,” Governor Malloy said. “The aid package will keep us moving in that direction, as well as providing more than 10,000 attractive jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and construction.”
The package before the Bond Commission will make it possible for the state’s Clean Water Fund (CWF) to provide $110 million in grants and $370 million in loans to local and regional wastewater improvement projects. Under this program, grants range from 20 to 50% of costs depending upon the nature of the project and loans are repaid at just two percent interest over 20 years.
The Bristol Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $19 million for plant upgrades, including improving the capacity to remove phosphorous from wastewater in order to protect the quality of the Pequabuck River, where it is discharged. The package includes $9.5 million in grants and $9.5 million in loans.
“By working closely with cities and towns, the state of Connecticut has made great progress in building and improving the capacity of our local sewer systems,” said Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee. “As a result, our rivers and streams are cleaner and we have reduced the flow of nitrogen, phosphorous, and other pollutants into Long Island Sound. The funding before the Bond Commission will ensure that this important work will continue.”
Since the CWF was created in 1987, more than 120 Connecticut municipalities have received grants and loans to assist in financing more than 350 projects to improve local sewer systems, including treatment plants. Under the program, approximately $815 million in grants and more than $1.9 billion in loans have been provided to local water pollution control authorities. The program is administered by DEEP with the support of the Office of the State Treasurer.