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Courtney Announces $1.1 Million In USDA Funding For Putnam Water Project

November 1, 2016
Press Release

NORWICH, CT —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the Town of Putnam will receive a USDA Rural Development Program loan in the amount of $1.1 million dollars for water quality improvements.  The funding is part of a $331 million dollar investment by the USDA to support clean water infrastructure in rural communities across the country. Putnam is the only town in Connecticut which will receive money during this round of funding.

“This funding will give Putnam the tools to upgrade its water structure in order to enhance its water quality and generate new opportunities for economic development,” said Courtney. “The late town administrator Doug Cutler, who internally led the Water Pollution Control Authority before passing unexpectedly this year, was instrumental in crafting the town’s application for this loan just as he was with so many previous ones in the past. This award is another example of the huge footprint Doug has left in the Quiet Corner in terms of development projects that were carried out with funding that he helped to secure to grow this community he loved so much.”

The Town of Putnam has been the recipient of a number of USDA Rural Development Program loans and grants over the past seven years. These projects include the following:

March 23, 2009 - Putnam received a grant for $1,164,000 to upgrade its water treatment plant.

June 18, 2009 - Putnam received a grant for $5,989,000 to upgrade its water treatment

June 06, 2013 - Putnam received a grant for $1,030,000 to upgrade its pump station

June 20, 2013 - Putnam received a grant for $508,200 for water quality improvements

April 16, 2014 - Putnam received a grant for $4,793,300 and a loan for $10.6 million for distribution system improvements including a new water main; 697 lateral connections, 88 fire hydrants and 180 gate valves.

April 02, 2015 - Putnam received a grant for $274,400 and a loan for $640,000 to construct a new pump station, installation of a sewer force main, gravity sewer system, and water main to support the Quinebaug Regional Technical Park (QRTP).