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DATE: October 18, 2016
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

City of Dover Breaks Ground on Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvement Project
NHDES State Revolving Fund and MtBE Funding Utilized

Concord, NH – The City of Dover and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) today participated in a ground-breaking ceremony to highlight a multi-phase project to upgrade aging drinking water supply and treatment facilities in Dover. Phase I of the project will include replacement of a water treatment facility originally built in 1957, along with improvements to water treatment processes for iron and manganese.  The City of Dover has received a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan (DWSRF) from NHDES in the amount of $8.5 million for Phase I, in addition to the low interest loan, the City is eligible for 15% principal forgiveness on the amount borrowed. Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of this Phase 1, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.

“NHDES commends the City of Dover for understanding the importance of investing in and upgrading their drinking water infrastructure,” said Tom Burack, NHDES Commissioner. “NHDES strongly encourages all municipalities to take the actions and make the investments necessary to ensure clean, safe drinking water for this generation of residents and the next.”

Phase II of the project, scheduled for 2017 to 2019, will include upgrades to pump-stations and storage tank facilities, at an estimated cost of $9 million. Dover has applied to borrow additional funding from the DWSRF to finance Phase II. NHDES looks forward to working with the City to finalize the loan commitment for this next phase. In addition, NHDES is also pleased to be working with the City of Dover to resolve the MtBE contamination problem impacting Dover’s Griffin water supply well. The replacement of the well, to be funded by the State’s MtBE Settlement Funds, is estimated to cost $1.4 million, which is in addition to the $468,000 already provided from the MtBE Settlement Funds for pump tests, permitting and construction design of the replacement well.

For more information on the project, please contact the City of Dover’s consultant, Keith Pratt, Underwood Engineers, at (603) 436-6192, or Rick Skarinka, NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau, at (603) 271-2948.  For more information on the NHDES State Revolving Fund Loan Program, please visit:

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