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Shaheen, Hassan praise Charlestown drinking water project for $4.2M funding

March 27, 2022

(Washington, D.C.) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) celebrated a $4,289,000 trip to Charleston to support critical water system improvements. The senators helped secure federal funding for the 2021 American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund. The drinking water project in Charlestown is the first in the state to receive final approval for ARPA infrastructure funding.

“Every Granite Stater deserves access to clean drinking water – I am delighted that Charlestown will soon receive the necessary funding to improve water quality. During negotiations around the US rescue package, I have worked to ensure that state and local governments have the funding Flexibility so they can best respond to local needs. Responding to critical infrastructure needs, such as updating aging water systems, is part of that flexibility,” Senator Shaheen said“Charlestown was the first of many New Hampshire towns to receive ARPA funding, and I’m fighting for these funds to make our community stronger in the midst of the pandemic.”

“This federal funding for Charlestown will provide a much-needed investment to help ensure that Granite State residents in the community have access to clean drinking water — critical to public health,” Senator Hassan said“Between America’s rescue package and our efforts to pass the bipartisan infrastructure package into law, Granite Staters will continue to see critical investments in infrastructure that will strengthen our communities and our economy.”

Specifically, the funding will help address arsenic levels exceeding drinking water standards in wells serving the North Charlestown Water System (NCWS) and build a booster pumping station to address low water pressure at the NCWS. This project will improve water quality and reliability between NCWS and the Charleston Water System.

As lead negotiators on the U.S. rescue package, Shaheen and Hassan helped enshrine many of New Hampshire’s priorities into law. Senator Shaheen helped lead the Senate and negotiations with the Biden administration on measures to aid state and local government funding. She also worked to ensure the flexibility of the funding so states and municipalities could use the funding effectively and efficiently to best respond to local needs. Since the bill was signed into law, Shaheen’s office has held several virtual workshops for municipalities on how to use the funds. Thanks to Shaheen’s efforts during negotiations, New Hampshire has an estimated $579.7 million in flexible federal funds available for distribution to municipalities that can be used in a variety of ways, according to data released by the New Hampshire Institute for Fiscal Policy.

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