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City water project awarded $5 million in federal funding

NORWICH – More than six years after City of Norwich officials first heard proposals for a new water filtration facility, the years-long project reached a monumental benchmark Monday with the announcement that the city has secured necessary funding to move it forward.

United States Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program will award the City of Norwich a $5.02 million Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant for replacement of the 109-year-old water treatment facility currently in use on Rexford Street. According to a media release, a $4.02 million loan and $1 million grant will aid construction of a new facility below Plymouth Reservoir near state Route 23.

“This is a project we’ve been working on for quite a while. We’re very excited to be able to move forward,” said Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano. “We’re extremely appreciative of the help we’ve received from Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand and Congressman (Richard) Hanna.”

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