ARRA Drinking Water Funds Make a Big Impact on a Small Water System
Rochester’s Silver Bell Mobile Home Park Connected to Town Water Supply
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is pleased to announce the completion of the first Drinking Water infrastructure project financed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds. Silver Bell Cooperative, Inc., a 21 unit mobile home park in Rochester, was authorized to borrow up to $19,000 from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to finance a water system improvement project which included interconnection with the City of Rochester water system. 50 percent of the financing is from the ARRA, which will be forgiven. For years, the Cooperative has been relying on a dug well for their water supply which is located 70 feet from Route 125. This supply has incurred numerous bacteria violations and is vulnerable to road runoff.
Silver Bell Cooperative was ranked first out of the 265 pre-applications representing $246.2 million dollars worth of shovel ready drinking water related infrastructure projects. Projects were ranked in accordance with their impact to protect public health, water quality violations, and affordability. DES intends to fund 56 projects with the total $37.4 million dollars available. Of these, 44 percent (27 projects) were awarded to very small water systems serving less than 500 people, which historically have the highest cost burden, per capita, to maintain compliance with the drinking water standards.
This project which includes interconnection with the City of Rochester distribution main will provide a more reliable source of drinking water and relieve the Cooperative of the burden of owning and operating a small public water system.
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