New Hampshire’s farthest most northern town, Pittsburg, has struggled to bring clean, safe water to its residents for decades. Now, a Community Development Block Grant from CDFA will help make that happen.
Pittsburg’s public water system, which serves 86 homes, was built in the 1930s. Bacterial contamination was first detected in 1979, and since June of 1989 the town has been disinfecting its water with chlorine (usually, a stop-gap measure). System users, including the elementary school, have been under a constant boil order due to high e-coli levels. Plus, much of the water main is old and prone to leaks.
The town has examined numerous potential fixes, but the greatest obstacle was money. A permanent replacement of the water system would cost more than $2.5 million – a price tag that would easily wipe out such a small community.
In 2012, the town requested $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to construct two supply wells, a new 50,000-gallon water tank, a modern pump station, and to install water treatment equipment. The project would also lay 13,000 feet of new water main.
In 2014, CDFA awarded an additional $500,000 help complete the project. The balance of the project will be paid with loans and grants from USDA Rural Development.
Sometimes, even the smallest towns have the biggest issues. CDFA is proud to be part of this public/private partnership and bring clean water to Pittsburg.