Norm Needleman

STATE SENATOR

Norm Needleman

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July 29, 2022

Senator Needleman Announces East Hampton Bond Funding For Centralized Water System Expansion


Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) announced that the town will receive $1.5 million from the State Bond Commission, after the Bond Commission’s approval of a funding release today, to support an expansion of the town’s centralized water system. The extension of East Hampton’s water system would help address long-existent water quality and water quantity issues seen in main parts of the town, including the local business district. Sen. Needleman played a key role in securing this funding’s release.

“I’m grateful to Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for their support of our local community,” said Sen. Needleman. “Expanding the local centralized water system would play a significant role in improving water availability and service for residents and businesses around East Hampton, also ensuring that the town avoids issues such as groundwater contamination. I look forward to seeing the town advance this critical project.”

“Failure to maintain a safe water system can lead to tragedy and bring harm to a community, which is why releasing these funds is so important,” said Governor Lamont, who serves as chairman of the State Bond Commission. “By partnering with East Hampton on this project, we are delivering on that commitment to ensure that residents and businesses continue to have a reliable water system in the town.”

“Water availability and quality has been a long-time problem in East Hampton, and it has affected both businesses and residents. I’m thankful for Senator Needleman’s continued partnership with town leaders to address this community issue and for his work to get this state funding approved. It’s a big help to East Hampton’s efforts to improve community access to water and support economic development in the years to come,” said Pete Brown, a member of the East Hampton Town Council and chair of the town council’s subcommittee on water.

The State Bond Commission will commit $1.5 million to support the expansion of the East Hampton’s centralized water system. The town is in the process of starting preliminary design work including detailed survey and geological work and initial system design for implementing new water sources, water treatment, storage, and distribution. The work is slated to begin in the next six to 12 months.

This preliminary design work will help East Hampton address water quality and quantity issues experienced across the town, including the Village Center business district and Route 66 commercial corridor. The project lays the groundwork for an extension of the town’s centralized water system, which would benefit local businesses, residents, and continued community development.