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DATE: November 26, 2018
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710
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Drinking Water Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Pennichuck Merrimack River Interconnection Project

Merrimack, NH –Members of the New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and officials from Pennichuck Corporation, today hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize the Pennichuck Merrimack River Interconnection Project.

The project involves connecting the Pennichuck Water Works, Inc. system in Merrimack via an under-river crossing of the Merrimack River to the Pennichuck East Utility, Inc. (PEU) system in Litchfield. The project received funding from both the NH Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the NH Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund.

"This project is critical to delivering an ample supply of clean drinking water to those across the river in Litchfield living with contaminated wells. Many of us take clean water for granted, but providing a clean drinking water source to communities is exactly what this Trust Fund was designed to do," said Senator Chuck Morse, Chair of the NH Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission.

"I would like to thank Pennichuck for making this project a reality, and for always stepping up to the plate to help address contamination issues in the region. It is my hope that the Commission will continue to leverage the Trust Fund, as we did with this project, so we can continue to invest in projects like this for many years to come."

The project was necessary to provide additional water resources for new Pennichuck customers in Litchfield, due in part to private drinking water well contamination by per-and-polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). Pennichuck has expanded water service to nearly 400 additional properties in Litchfield, which has resulted in an increase in water supply demand, and raised concerns regarding supply capacity limitations of the three wells currently serving the towns of Hudson and Litchfield.

"The Pennichuck Merrimack River Interconnection Project shows how the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program and the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund can work collaboratively to help water systems address unanticipated demands placed on their systems," said Bob Scott, NHDES Commissioner.

Pennichuck had secured a $2.4 million drinking water state revolving fund loan (DWSRF) in 2017 to fund this project. Actual costs exceeded the available DWSRF funding,  and the Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission approved $600,000 from the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund to enable Pennichuck to complete the project.

For more information on the DWSRF, please visit: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/publications/documents/r-wd-18-12.pdf Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol or contact Johnna McKenna at (603) 271-7017.

For more information on the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund, please visit: https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-dwg-trust/ or contact Erin Holmes at (603) 271-8321.

For more information about the ribbon cutting ceremony, please contact Jim Martin, NHDES Public Information Officer, at (603) 271-3710.

 

 

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