NORTHBOROUGH – Northborough’s water system will be upgraded, thanks to federal funding.
This is as part of a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the government through September and was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Dec. 29.
The bill included over $18 million in federal funding across Rep. Jim McGovern’s second district, which includes Northborough.
In a press release, McGovern said that support for the project was the result with conversations with his stakeholders.
“My team and I worked hard to ensure that this $18 million worth of federal funding for the Second District was included in the end-of-year spending bill that will soon be signed into law,” McGovern said Dec. 23. “Alongside other important victories like permanently expanding summer EBT benefits for families with children, I’m proud of the positive impact these robust investments will have on our communities and our region.”
Northborough specifically will receive $491,000. According to McGovern’s release the funds will assist in Northborough’s migration of its water and wastewater facilities to the current standards of cybersecurity and technology for its emergency alarms and communications infrastructure.
Northborough’s application calls this phase two of the project – the objective of which is to provide operators with the ability to reliably monitor and collect data from the remote locations that are maintained by town staff.
According to the application, the existing wastewater lift stations– which move wastewater from a lower to higher elevation – were installed over numerous years with “a variety of technologies and little commonality between them.”
The funding also went to projects in Worcester, Paxton, Turner Falls, Northampton, Amherst, Athol, Leominster, Franklin County and Spencer.