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Press Release - Water Main Relocation Project

Contact: Seth MacLean
Director, Public Works
Town of Peterborough, NH
For Immediate Release:
Town of Peterborough, NH:

$277,804 Secured for Water Main Relocation Project
On March 9th, 2022, Rep. Annie Kuster’s office informed the Town of Peterborough that it’s watermain relocation project occurring in concert with the Rt. 101 bridge reconstruction and funded by the rate-payers of the Town’s water system had been selected for full funding through the federal omnibus spending package. As President Biden has signed the omnibus into law, Peterborough will be awarded $277,804, fully reimbursing the Town for the project.

“I am thrilled that funding for 10 Community Projects in New Hampshire’s Second District has been included in the bipartisan government funding package announced today,” said Rep. Kuster. “These projects will improve the well-being of communities and families across the Granite State, and I have been proud to advocate for them in Congress. Importantly, these projects represent New Hampshire tax dollars being returned and reinvested directly into our communities.”

Town staff began the planning phases of this project in 2019, working directly with NHDOT to incorporate the replacement of a watermain that had been abandoned years ago after a significant break required that main to be taken offline permanently. Unlike the watermain being replaced which crossed the Contoocook via it’s riverbed, this new watermain will be suspended on the new Rt. 101 bridge, allowing for easier maintenance should it be required.

“This watermain project was presented via the public budgeting process and approved by voters as part of the FY22 budget. This project is a key priority for Peterborough,” said Seth MacLean, Director of Public Works, “as it will increase the reliability of water service for emergency and public uses. Town staff began working closely with Rep. Kuster and her staff in early 2021 on this funding request, and we are thankful that through the Representative’s advocacy at the federal level, that this funding has come through.”
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