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DeLauro Secures More Than $3.4 Million for Expansion of Durham Public Water Supply

July 2, 2021
Press Release

DURHAM, CT – House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) secured $3,412,455 to expand the Durham Center Water System, the Town of Durham’s public water supply, in the Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This project will provide a clean, safe, and reliable public water supply to an area known to have water quality issues and contamination thereby protecting the health and well-being of our residents and visitors.

“In the richest country in the world, we must ensure that every community has access to clean drinking water,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “For decades, properties in the center of Durham were polluted by toxic chemicals requiring filtering and monitoring. The people of Durham deserve the completion of this project to ensure they have access to a water supply that is free from contaminants. As Chair, I am pleased to have led the House Appropriations Committee in securing this Community Project Funding and ensuring Connecticut’s federal tax dollars are used to support projects that matter most to our children and families.”

“The residents of the Town of Durham are so very pleased that we are one step closer to bringing a safe, reliable, and affordable public water supply to areas of town that have been challenged with water quality and quantity issues,” said Durham First Selectwoman Laura Francis. “I am grateful to Congresswoman DeLauro’s relentless advocacy for this project and for the assistance of her staff.”

The Durham Center Water System currently services the southern portion of Durham utilizing a well adjacent to the Durham Fairgrounds. After many years of planning, clean drinking water will be supplied to this part of Durham via an interlocal agreement between the Town of Durham and the City of Middletown. This project is under construction and is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Officials estimate the construction will be completed by 2022.

Chair DeLauro’s statement at full committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Funding Bill can be found here

Additional information on Chair DeLauro’s reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.