Menendez, Booker Announce Another $2.6M to Upgrade Paulsboro Water Infrastructure, Construct New Water Main

Menendez, Booker Announce Another $2.6M to Upgrade Paulsboro Water Infrastructure, Construct New Water Main

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $2,633,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding to construct a new, 16-inch water main in Paulsboro, Gloucester County. The funding includes a $1,014,000 grant and $1,619,000 in federal financing through a low-interest loan. Since 2012, Sen. Menendez has secured over $12 million to upgrade Paulsboro’s water system. 

“This important funding will allow Paulsboro to modernize its infrastructure so that hundreds of residents in the community will see the benefits” said Sen. Menendez.“Investing in our state’s aging water infrastructure must be a top priority to ensure New Jersey families have access to safe and clean water.”

“Investing in New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure is critical to the health and safety of our communities while boosting our local economy,” said Sen. Booker. “This federal funding will allow Paulsboro to strengthen the wastewater infrastructure for residents and the local fire department, and help lay the foundation for future economic growth.”

Seventy-five residences in the Billingsport neighborhood of Paulsboro will be connected to the new water main thereby allowing hundreds of residents to benefit from improved water quality. The water main will also provide better fire flow protection, which will reduce the distance for the local fire department to find a suitable fire hydrant, and will benefit families and businesses in the community by increasing safety.

Last year, Sens. Menendez and Booker announced $3,058,000 to improve the borough’s water distribution system. In 2017, the senators announced $4,127,000 in funding to replace portions of the borough’s water and sewer systems. In 2012, Sen. Menendez announced $4.3 million for a water treatment facility that supported the Paulsboro Port Project and $550,000 to construct a new water storage equipment.

In September, 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 was signed into law earlier this fall.

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. 

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