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From the Mass Executive Office of Energy and Enviornmental Affairs:
April 19, 2017 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced almost $900,000 in grant awards to five Massachusetts public water suppliers through the Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant Program (DWSP). The grant awards, administered by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Division of Conservation Services, will enable water suppliers to protect existing or new wells and surface drinking water supply systems, such as reservoirs and other water bodies.
“State government and our local water suppliers working together to ensure safe drinking water is readily available across Commonwealth is incredibly important,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These 2017 Drinking Water Supply Protection Grants will deliver the necessary financial resources to allow water suppliers to continue to distribute high quality water to the public.”
“Maintaining strong partnerships with municipalities and water suppliers will help protect the Commonwealth’s drinking water,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Preventing harmful pollutants from entering public drinking water supplies is paramount, and the 2017 Drinking Water Supply Protection Grants awarded to these five projects will allow the water systems to be further safeguarded for years to come.”
Since 2004, the DWSP Grant Program has offered grants to municipal and public water systems to be used for water supply protection and land conservation purposes, such as the acquisition of land, the placing of a conservation restriction, or the assignment of a watershed preservation restriction. Land acquired through the program must be located within existing Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection-approved drinking water supply areas, in estimated protection areas for new sources, or in an area identified through an appropriate planning process as suitable for groundwater recharge to an aquifer. Projects funded under this grant program should also provide appropriate public recreational opportunities to the residents of the Commonwealth.
“Land conservation continues to be an effective and beneficial water protection practice that not only safeguards drinking water systems, but also provides unique recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to provide these vital grants, and will continue to identify solutions that further ensure our public drinking water is safe for consumption.”