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Pour it on Just how many wastewater infrastructure projects can you fund with $575 million? Over the next two years, Connecticut is going to find out, because that’s how much money in state and federal funds is available to municipalities through the state’s Clean Water Fund. Daniel C. Est y, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said he hopes to see a slew of wastewater treatment projects funded through the Clean Water Fund in the very near future. The fund gives grants and low-interest loans to municipalities so they can upgrade their wastewater treatment facilities, allowing Connecticut to renew its aging infrastructure and provide desperately needed jobs in industries such as construction. Esty was appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last March to serve as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. On July 1, that department merged with the Department of Public Utilities Control and an energy policy group from the state’s Office of Policy and Management, and Esty was chosen to run the new agency, known as DEEP. “The opportunity to bring energy and environmental protection together offers a chance to achieve synergies that might not have been available in the past, addressing the need to move toward better environmental protection, cheaper and cleaner energy, but also to integrate an economicgrowth and jobs agenda,” he said. the dirt on water Clean Water Fund helps Connecticut fix its aging infrastructure and create jobs. “We have been very pleased to continue to get significant clean-water funding that we think is going to allow us to advance a number of water projects. We have a series of projects in the pipeline that we’re really quite excited about. Our intent is to ensure that projects that have historically bogged down for months or sometimes years of permitting are going to move much more quickly.” The Clean Water Fund is the state’s primary funding mechanism for municipal wastewater projects. Since its inception in By Nick Gustav 1986, more than 114 Connecticut municipalities have used funds to finance more than 600 projects. Approximately $2.2 billion in grants and loans have been provided to municipalities over the years. The Clean Water Fund recently identified $4.33 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs across the state, said George V. Hicks, the supervising sanitary engineer with Connecticut’s Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Municipal Facilities section. And over the next 20 years, that figure swells to $7.4 billion, without adjusting for inflation. Hicks said the Clean Water Fund is a relatively low-cost way to upgrade the state’s infrastructure. With a typical CONNstruction / Winter 2011 / 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2011

Is Water Affordable?
Water Infrastructure Projects Will Help Return the Construction Industry to Prosperity
FASB Backs Off, Requiring More Rigorous Withdrawal Liability Disclosures
The Potential of Public-Private Partnerships in Water and Wastewater Projects
Working Together
Pour It On
The Name Says It All
Momentum Achieved on MDC Clean Water Project
2011 AGC of CT Industry Recognition Awards & Dinner
CCPC Annual Picnic
YCF September Meeting
The Diggers Mixers Fixers Annual Golf Outing
CEUCA Fall Luncheon

CONNstruction - Winter 2011