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Grants awarded for water system upgrade

The Wilton Water Commission has been awarded $35,000 in grants for upcoming projects.

The Wilton Water Commission has been awarded $35,000 in grants for upcoming projects. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

WILTON — The Wilton Water Commission has been awarded two grants, valued at more than $35,000, to make future improvements to the Wilton water system.

A $20,569 grant was awarded through the N.H. Department of Safety Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

The grant will cover half the cost of a new generator system for the pump station. The improvement will provide a more modern electricity generation system, which will allow the pumps to continue operating in an emergency. The other half of the generator system will be paid for with money the Wilton Water Commission capital reserve fund. The new system is scheduled to be installed this summer.

The second grant, for $15,000, was awarded by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Asset Management Planning Program. The grant will cover up to half the cost of completing a mapping project of the water distribution system. Again, the second half of the cost will be coming from the Water Commission’s capital reserve fund, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Both grants are contingent on final approval by Gov. Maggie Hassan and the N.H. Executive State Council. Though its board of directors are elected, the Wilton Water Commission is not a town-affiliated entity and does not require voter approval to accept the grants, said Schultz.

The grants were awarded in the middle of January, Wilton Water Commission Chair Tom Schultz said Thursday at the Wilton Water Commission meeting, after some last-minute applications by Water Commissioner Frank Edelblut and Supt. of Water Works Michael Bergeron.

“We appreciate the efforts of both Commissioner Edelblut and Supt. Bergeron to complete these grant applications and thus secure these funds to improve the Wilton water system,” said Schultz, during at the meeting.

Schultz, along with Water Commissioner and Select Board member Bill Condra, awarded Edel blut and Bergeron with certificates of excellence for their efforts during the meeting.

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