Menendez, Booker Announce $1.9M in Federal Funding to Upgrade Woodbine Water System

Menendez, Booker Announce $1.9M in Federal Funding to Upgrade Woodbine Water System


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $1,881,530 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding to upgrade the water distribution system in Woodbine, Cape May County.  The funding includes a $924,530 grant and an additional $957,000 in federal financing through a low-interest loan.

“This important funding will allow Woodbine to modernize its infrastructure in order to continue delivering residents clean, safe water to drink,” said Sen. Menendez.  “Communities across New Jersey are dealing with the challenges of aging pipes and treatment facilities that struggle to handle increasing demand.  Investments like these are critical to helping us build a 21st century water infrastructure that both serves our residents today and positions our state to address tomorrow’s needs.”     

“Each and every day, water infrastructure across New Jersey and our nation continues to crumble,” Sen. Booker said.  “This federal funding will strengthen the Woodbine Borough’s water infrastructure, protect the health of our families and our environment, and help lay the foundation for future economic growth.”

The federal funding will be used to advance the extension of the water distribution system along Fidler Hill Road, extend the borough's water system within the municipal airport complex to provide looping of an existing dead-end water main, and upgrade of various components of the borough's water supply and treatment plant.

Additional work includes providing automatic valving and controls for the pressure filters, providing temporary pressure filters during construction, the addition of a substantial amount of storm drainage improvements at the existing water plant site and including air relief valves on the water main extension portion of the project.

Last week, the senators announced nearly $19 million in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which provides low-cost financing for a wide range of water infrastructure projects, including replacing lead water lines.

The Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act, authored by Sen. Booker and cosponsored by Sen. Menendez, would allow states facing public health challenges from lead in drinking water to transfer additional funds from their Clean Water State Revolving Fund to their Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The bill passed the Senate and House unanimously and is headed to the President’s desk for his signature.

Each year, Sens. Menendez and Booker fight for robust funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides low-cost financing for a wide range of water infrastructure development projects in New Jersey and across the country.  The SRFs have been a focal point in efforts to address the lead crisis in drinking water across the country.  In FY19, the two SRFs were appropriated at nearly a combined $3 billion.

Sens. Menendez and Booker have also ensured drinking water safety in the Water Resources Development Act, which is written, in part, by Sen. Booker and his colleagues on the Environment and Public Works Committee and has recently been reauthorized by the full Senate. The WRDA bill signed into law last fall authorized a significant increase in funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.  The WRDA bill also expands the lead in schools testing program, which was co-authored by Sen. Booker to provide schools with additional assistance to address lead contamination, including the replacement of drinking water fountains.