PLAINVILLE — Town Administrator Brian Noble and the Plainville Board of Selectmen are pleased to announce that the Town of Plainville has been awarded a $1.5 million grant for the town’s Water System Capacity Expansion Project.
Yesterday, State Representative Shawn Dooley presented Select Board Chair Brian Kelly and Town Administrator Noble with a copy of the Federal Legislation awarding the Town of Plainville $1,500,000 for the Water System Capacity Expansion Project.
The presentation of the Federal Legislation follows Congressman Jake Auchincloss securing $1,500,000 in funding as part of the House Appropriations Committee’s omnibus spending bill on Wednesday, Feb 11. The bill was then passed by the Senate on Monday evening, March 14.
“Rep. Dooley, Congressman Auchincloss and I worked tirelessly together over the course of several months to ensure that Plainville’s needs were addressed in the infrastructure bill currently on President Biden’s desk for his signature,” Select Board Chair Kelly said. “As Plainville continues to grow, the demand for drinking water is growing and the Town is addressing the current and future needs through the expansion of our water system.”
Currently, the town’s existing water system is over capacity. To meet current and future demand, the water treatment plant needs to be expanded to twice its current capacity. The Plainville Water System Capacity Expansion Project includes the purchase of a well site, testing, drilling and the construction of a pumping station.
This funding will allow for planned development including The Reserve at Heather Hill, a 384-unit residential complex, and Thermo Fisher, a life sciences manufacturing facility, within the Town to continue. Without the additional treatment capacity, the Town of Plainville would be forced to halt approval of both housing and business expansions, however, by doubling capacity at the plant, the Town would be positioned to provide water to planned housing and business projects to allow them to proceed for at least 10 years.