Blumenthal announces $500 million upgrade to drinking water in CT


HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut will see nearly half a billion dollars in federal funding to upgrade the state’s drinking water infrastructure.

Senator Blumenthal visited Hamden’s Lake Whitney Dam. The 150-year-old dam is the Regional Water Authority’s highest priority project for repairs and upgrades.

Blumenthal, alongside members of the Regional Water Authority, spoke at the Whitney Water Treatment Plant in Hamden Friday morning on the water infrastructure upgrade.

“The state is in one to receive $445 million over five years for drinking water investments as part of the recently passed infrastructure bill,” Blumenthal said.

Lake Whitney is critical to the New Haven region’s drinking water supply, and the dam protects downstream areas from flooding.

“The average family in Connecticut pays $500 a year for water. No really, $500,” said Blumenthal. “We want to prevent those costs from rising further, that’s a solid sound investment.

The funds will address infrastructure updates, along with programs to maintain clean and safe drinking water, address sewage overflow reduction, and brownfield remediation.

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