SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has received a $ 250 million federal infrastructure loan.
The loan is designed to help the agency improve water quality and reliability by rehabilitating aging infrastructure throughout the system.
The loan will also help restore a hydroelectric power plant that will provide renewable energy to the Springfield water treatment plant, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Springfield’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Renewal Program will enhance reliability and ensure that drinking water is safe and wastewater is returned safely to the environment by rehabilitating, replacing and improving drinking water and wastewater treatment, officials said Thursday.
The project also allows the water treatment plant to be powered by 100% renewable self-generated energy by rehabilitating the hydroelectric facility, providing a green energy source for the system.
The project will cost $ 550 million and the loan will finance almost half of it. The remaining costs will be funded in part by a $ 200 million loan from the Massachusetts Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission will save about $ 60 million by funding with the federal loan, officials said.