Fair Haven gets over $6 million for wastewater treatment system

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FAIR HAVEN — The town of Fair Haven is getting over $6 million in financing from the USDA to modernize its wastewater treatment infrastructure.

This is part of a $462 million investment by the United States Department of Agriculture to upgrade infrastructure in rural towns and cities nationwide.

In Fair Haven, a wastewater treatment system with aging components will get a modern upgrade through a $3.72 million loan and a $2.65 million grant.

Approximately 2,700 people will benefit from this urgently needed project which includes a more efficient processing system, renovations to the operator’s building, and installation of a computer-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

These improvements will help reduce operating costs, add redundancy, and lead to better pollution control for the community.

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand said.

USDA Rural Development Director for New Hampshire and Vermont, Anthony Linardos, is pleased to see both towns benefit from these essential improvements.

“We know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives,” he said. “Modern water systems and clean water are crucial in promoting the health of rural Americans and the success of rural businesses.”