- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire will be getting nearly $23 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, administered by the state Department of Environmental Services, received $13.9 million. It provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems, control pollution from stormwater runoff, and protect sensitive water bodies and estuaries.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program received $8.8 million. EPA’s funding provides low-interest loans to finance improvements to drinking water systems, with a focus on providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention.

Since the beginning of this program, EPA has awarded close to $600 million to New Hampshire.

“This funding will pay for projects that improve water quality and protect drinking water across New Hampshire, and will provide benefits for decades to come,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Clean drinking water and proper wastewater treatment are fundamental to protecting people’s health, but aging water infrastructure needs to be upgraded and repaired. EPA’s funding will help continue New Hampshire’s program to invest in drinking water and wastewater systems and protect people’s health.”

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