The Commission received a $4,967,622 grant in the form of loan forgiveness from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (CWT) for the Clearwell and Backwash Pump Station Replacement Project.
The grant is part of the CWT’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) program, which provides low-interest loans to communities across the Commonwealth for drinking water projects.
The Commission had secured a $25,089,000 SRF loan for this project. The project involves constructing a new clearwell and replacing obsolete backwash pumps at West Parish Filters Water Treatment Plant in order to protect water quality and assist in achieving regulatory compliance, including for disinfection byproducts such as HAA5.
“We are grateful to the Clean Water Trust for this much-needed grant, which is the second-largest awarded among 26 communities,” said Executive Director Joshua Schimmel. “By forgiving close to $5 million of our SRF loan for this project, we are able to redirect significant funding towards other critically needed infrastructure improvements across our aging drinking water and wastewater systems.”