New Hampshire Delegation Announces $11.1 Million Grant For Clean Water Initiatives
(Washington, DC) – Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Congresswomen Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire has received a $11,107,000 grant through the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The fund provides resources to address drinking water infrastructure needs to promote public health and safety. This grant follows a call by the delegation to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar to prioritize research into the high pediatric cancer rates in New Hampshire and the potential impact of environmental contamination. Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives pushed through $150 million in cuts to the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which both Kuster and Shea-Porter opposed.
“It is incumbent upon leaders at every level of government to work together and ensure Granite Staters—and Americans throughout the country—always have access to safe and clean drinking water,” said Senator Shaheen. “That’s why I’ve made this a priority, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, have repeatedly fought to secure federal funding for clean water initiatives and improvements to our water infrastructure. I’m very pleased by this investment of federal dollars to support these objectives, and to help ensure New Hampshire meets its obligation to provide clean drinking water for every family. I’ll continue to oppose efforts that threaten policies or programs that seek to bring safe drinking water into every home.”
“Fixing our aging water infrastructure is critical to ensuring that Granite Staters don’t have to question the safety or quality of their drinking water, and this federal funding is essential to those efforts,” Senator Hassan said. “While this funding is a positive step forward to address and prevent water contamination, we have much more work to do to ensure that all of our people and communities have clean and safe water. It is deeply disturbing that the House of Representatives just voted to slash funding for the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and I will keep standing up against reckless attempts to cut funding to programs that help to build a stronger, healthier New Hampshire.”
“Access to clean and safe drinking water is critical to public health for communities throughout New Hampshire,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “These resources are important for helping communities with aging water infrastructure make the necessary upgrades to ensure access to safe drinking water. It’s outrageous that House Republicans sought to gut this program that is offering real support to communities in New Hampshire and across the country.”
“Everyone has a right to clean air and water,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “New Hampshire’s water infrastructure is over 100 years old in some places and must be upgraded. This federal funding is necessary for our state to improve our water infrastructure. It is puzzling and disturbing that House Republicans voted to slash funding for this critical initiative. Our states need help improving critical infrastructure and making sure drinking water is safe, and that’s what this program does.”