From the Office of Congressman Jeb Bradley
For Immediate Release - Wednesday, May 24, 2006
(Washington, D.C.) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley today announced that $700,000 for the City of Somersworth's wastewater treatment plant passed the House of Representatives last week and is now moving through the Senate. The funding, included in the fiscal year 2007 Departments of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Act, will help the City make improvements to its current surface water treatment system in order meet federal and state mandates.
"During my tour of flood-ravaged communities in New Hampshire last weekend, I had the opportunity to see the damage to the City's water treatment plant. The City very much needs this funding to help relieve some of the cost burden on city residents to repair and upgrade the plant ," stated Bradley. "These upgrades will provide a tremendous benefit to public health and the environment and will help to improve the aesthetic quality of drinking water in Somersworth."
Somersworth Mayor Mike Watman stated, "Congressman Bradley's assistance in securing such a substantial appropriation to help with the required upgrades to our water treatment plant will certainly help to ease the burden on Somersworth's citizens. I know they all will appreciate his efforts on our behalf."
Somersworth City Manager Bob Belmore stated, "The water treatment plant took a significant hit during the recent flooding, and the announcement of this funding could not have come at a better time. Congressman Bradley has always been a strong advocate for the City of Somersworth. We appreciate his efforts and thank Congressman Bradley for his assistance with this $700,000 appropriation. These funds will go a long way towards our goal of maintaining affordable water rates as we complete necessary upgrades to our water treatment facility."
Once the Senate passes its version of the bill, the two chambers must reconcile differences between their respective bills in a committee of conference before the legislation goes to President Bush for his signature.