June 10, 2016

Gerratana: State Investment Will Protect the Purity and Safety of New Britain’s Water

Senator worked to secure funding for New Britain water system improvements

Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain) joined the Department of Public Health (DPH) in announcing new state investment in New Britain’s water system. The New Britain Water Department will receive $1.2 million for system improvements, including the design of source of supply improvements, water main replacements and an emergency generator for the surface water treatment plant.

“I am very glad that we are able to continue supporting the Drinking Water Fund program’s efforts to ensure that New Britain and other communities have the clean, safe water supplies they deserve,” said Senator Gerratana, Senate Chair of the Public Health Committee, which oversees the state’s drinking water quality. “I was glad to support this proposal when it came before me in the Senate, and will continue working to ensure the high quality of New Britain’s water supply.”

New Britain is one of several Connecticut communities receiving new funding for water system improvements from the state’s Drinking Water Fund (DWF) following today’s announcement. The low-interest loans approved by the State Bond Commission will help protect the state’s public drinking water by financing local projects aimed at improving water treatment plants and other facilities.

“By working closely with public water systems, the State of Connecticut continues to ensure that public drinking water infrastructure is maintained in working order and is sustainable into the future. The funding approved by the Bond Commission will ensure that this important work will continue,” said DPH Commissioner Raul Pino. “As a result, our residents will continue to receive high-quality potable drinking water.”

“These important projects are just a few examples of how the DWF program enhances the DPH’s mission of public health protection,” said Lori Mathieu, Public Health Section Chief of the DPH Drinking Water Section. “The provision of potable drinking water is recognized as one of the great public health achievements in history. This funding demonstrates that the State of Connecticut is committed to ensuring that public drinking water infrastructure is sustainable for future generations.”