City gets state funds for improvements to sewage treatment plant

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Bristol is among six communities that received a portion of nearly $277 million in grants and loans for local and regional wastewater treatment projects.
The grants were approved on Friday by the state Bond Commission.
The release from the governor’s office said the funds to the six communities “will create or retain approximately 5,700 jobs in the manufacturing, engineering and construction industries.”
“As a result of the state’s strong financial support for municipal wastewater treatment projects, Connecticut’s rivers and streams and Long Island Sound are cleaner and more appealing than ever,” said Malloy, who serves as chair of the commission, in his press release. “We want to build on our historic commitment to clean water with a strong new round of funding for these projects, which will improve our environment and enhance our communities while putting our citizens to work designing and constructing these critical facilities.”
A total of $94 million in General Obligation Bonds and about $183 million in Revenue Bonds were approved to finance wastewater treatment projects through Connecticut’s Clean Water Fund (CWF). The General Obligation Bonds are used to provide grants for certain portions of these projects, while the Revenue Bonds are used to provide low-interest loans of two percent over 20 years for the remainder of the costs.
Bristol’s funds will go toward phosphorous removal improvements at the Bristol treatment plant.
Funds for these projects will be released from the CWF once contracts for construction have been awarded and all statutory and administrative requirements have been met.