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U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg today announced more than $2.6 million had been secured for water systems in Barrington and Paulsboro.
Barrington will receive a direct loan of more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, designed to support rural areas and towns of fewer than 10,000 residents.
The funds will be used to rehabilitate the borough’s sewer systems and construct a sump pump discharge system to address health and safety concerns, according to a news release from Menendez.
Paulsboro’s $550,000 loan will be used to complete construction of new water storage equipment needed to accommodate the development of the Port of Paulsboro, the release said.
“These federal resources will ensure that South Jersey communities continue to have access to clean drinking water and effective wastewater treatment infrastructure,” Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds USDA, said in the release. “Modernizing local sewer systems and drinking water facilities helps keep our environment clean and our families healthy.”