This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing an infrastructure project that will award new water and wastewater funding to communities across the state.
It will be the largest funding in Vermont that the USDA has made for water cleanup since the stimulus package in 2009, according to the agency.
The money will fund efforts to update water infrastructure that is several decades out of date in 18 communities across Vermont.
Ted Brady is the Vermont and New Hampshire State Director for USDA Rural Development. He says putting funding into water treatment now will save in the long-run.
“The hard facts of making these water and wastewater improvements is they're not getting cheaper,” Brady told VPR. “Construction costs go up every year. Engineering costs go up every year. The environmental costs of not doing these improvements goes up every year."
Later this week USDA will unveil an updated water treatment facility in Randolph, which will help improve water quality all the way to Long Island Sound.