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Courtney announces $22,725 rural development grant to begin upgrade of Sprague sewer system

July 1, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today announced that the Town of Sprague secured a $22,725 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin sewer assessment in Hanover, which is a Village in the Town of Sprague. The Water and Waste Water Disposal Grant will move the Town closer to replacing sewer lines that are more than 100 years old.

According to USDA, the grant will be used to study and assess augmentation and expansion for the Hanover pump station wastewater treatment facility.

“These urgently-needed funds will mitigate pollution issues arising from the aging wastewater disposal system in place,” said Courtney. “Improving and protecting water quality in eastern Connecticut’s rural areas is a sound investment. I commend the Town of Sprague and First Selectman Cathy Osten on securing these funds in such a competitive funding environment. This investment today will benefit current and future generations of residents and businesses, alike.”

“This is excellent news for Hanover,” said Sprague First Selectman Cathy Osten. “The system we have today was put in place at the same time as the mills. It includes 100-to-120-year-old pipes that have never been assessed. This grant will help solve that problem, and get us closer to having an upgraded and updated sewer system.”