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Connecticut to receive $9 million for water infrastructure upgrades

A utility crew places a toxic lead water pipe onto the road after extracting it from an apartment building and under the street.
Ted Shaffrey
A utility crew works to replace a water pipe.

Connecticut is set to receive more than $9 million for clean water infrastructure upgrades.

The money will come from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Almost $60 million will be distributed across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

States will be able to use the money for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure upgrades.

Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) said communities all over the state will benefit from the upgrades.

“It is not our most visible infrastructure, but our stormwater and wastewater treatment systems are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities. This federal funding will mean a healthier, more vibrant Long Island Sound and will make our infrastructure stronger in the face of climate change,” Himes said.

The funds were allocated to the EPA from the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

An additional $19 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law announced in February will also be used for clean water upgrades.

Molly is a reporter covering Connecticut. She also produces Long Story Short, a podcast exploring public policy issues across Connecticut.