Berkshire Communities to Receive ARPA Funds for Wastewater Improvements /

BOSTON — Adams and Great Barrington will receive funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to fund sewage treatment plant improvement projects.

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, president of the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (the Trust), announced that $66.8 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be awarded in grants to 52 projects in Commonwealth communities.

In Berkshire County:

Adams will receive $378,713 in ARPA loan forgiveness and $499,901 in disadvantaged community loan forgiveness for capital improvements to the wastewater treatment facilities.

Great Barrington will receive $300,300 in ARPA loan forgiveness and $132,132 in disadvantaged community loan forgiveness for its sewage pumping station upgrade project.

The grants are part of a $661.7 million grant for water infrastructure projects. Most of the projects will take place in disadvantaged communities, making more than $535 million in project costs eligible for additional loan forgiveness.

“Grants we receive from federal ARPA legislation support vital water infrastructure projects across the state,” said state treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “This investment reinforces our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all Massachusetts residents by providing access to safe drinking water in even more communities this year.”

In December 2021, the Baker-Polito administration and the Massachusetts Legislature approved $100 million in ARPA funding to the Trust in the form of grants for water infrastructure projects.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to partner with the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to ensure that financial investments made by the Federal and Commonwealth governments result in cost-effective projects that improve water quality, public health and environment in communities across Massachusetts,” said Commissioner Martin Suuberg of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

ARPA funds are expected to be spent quickly, with funded projects moving toward construction in the spring or summer of 2022. Remaining ARPA funds will be similarly spent for projects targeting construction in 2023.

Chaired by Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg, the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust is a state agency that improves water quality throughout the Commonwealth by providing low-interest loans to municipalities and other entities eligible.

Communities that receive these grants benefit from a total reduction in project costs, which frees up capital for other local needs. The loans fund water-related projects such as water treatment facility upgrades, stormwater and nutrient mitigation, and sewer improvement projects. Since its inception in 1989, the Trust has partnered with MassDEP to help develop and fund approximately $8.1 billion in water infrastructure projects serving approximately 97% of the Commonwealth’s population.

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