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DeLauro Celebrates House Passage of $3.4 Million in Community Project Funding for the Durham Water System

September 9, 2021
Press Release

EPA Remedial Project Manager Ed Hathaway, Durham First Selectman Laura Francis, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim Celebrate Community Project Funding for Durham
EPA Remedial Project Manager Ed Hathaway, Durham First Selectman Laura Francis, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim Celebrate Community Project Funding for Durham

DURHAM, CT —House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today joined Durham First Selectman Laura Francis, Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Remedial Project Manager Ed Hathaway, Owner of The Red Barn Don Mondani, Owner of LNJS Realty Leonard Rossicone, and Durham Residents Gene and Karen Brown to celebrate the House passage of $3,412,455 in Community Project Funding to expand the Durham Center Water System, the Town of Durham’s public water supply.

“We must ensure that the residents of the Town of Durham, and every community across the United States, has access to clean, safe, reliable drinking water,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “I am pleased that the $3.4 million in Community Project Funding that we are celebrating here today builds on the progress of the interlocal agreement between the Town of Durham and City of Middletown, expanding to other homes and businesses that fell outside of the plans for the Durham Meadows Superfund site, and would serve 73 properties both commercial and residential and a population of about 300 people. This is exactly the kind of investment in the community I envisioned as I worked to include Community Project Funding in this year’s federal appropriations process. I look forward to continuing to work to bring federal tax dollars back home to fund essential infrastructure projects like the revitalization of the Town of Durham’s public water supply.”

“I wish to thank Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and her staff for their unwavering support for the expansion of clean water in the Town of Durham,” said Durham First Selectman Laura Francis. “Property owners will be relieved to know that their health will no longer be at risk and their property values will be protected.”

The Durham Water System currently services the southern portion of Durham utilizing a well adjacent to the Durham Fairgrounds. For decades, properties in the center of Durham were polluted by toxic chemicals requiring filtering and monitoring. After many years of planning, clean drinking water will be supplied to this area via an interlocal agreement between the Town of Durham and the City of Middletown, part of the Record of Decision for the Durham Meadows Superfund site. This project is under construction, funded by the EPA under their Superfund program, and is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Construction should be substantially completed in 2021 and totally completed by 2022.

The Community Project Funding secured by Chair DeLauro will fund the connection of adjacent neighborhoods to the water system. Given their location to the current system under construction, this connection would alleviate current and future contamination and other water quality issues.

Chair DeLauro led House Democrats in passing a package of spending bills with funding for community projects nationwide and historic investments in Connecticut, including $3.4 million for the Town of Durham.

DeLauro’s floor remarks on the seven-bill 2022 spending package are here. A summary of the bill is here.