Scott and Moore Highlight Water Infrastructure Investments at Royalton

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Natural Resources Agency Secretary Julie Moore toured the proposed Royalton Water Treatment Facility today and highlighted the substantial investments secured this year in water supply infrastructure. water, sewer and stormwater, and climate resilience.

More details can be found in the below transcript of Governor Scott and Secretary Moore’s remarks, below.

Governor Scott: Hello and thank you for the introduction, Theron.

Thanks for being here today. It’s good to be here in Windsor County talking about the much-needed infrastructure investments we’re making this year.

I want to start by thanking the legislators, some here today, for working with me and my team to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in key areas this year. There is no doubt that this will benefit the state for years to come.

Last year, after we learned how much we would get from ARPA funding, I laid out my vision where we divided over a billion dollars into five buckets where we felt they would best serve the Vermonters.

About $250 million for housing. Over $200 million to fight climate change. $200 million for water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure projects. $250 for broadband. And over $170 for economic development.

Naturally, there has rightly been a lot of attention this summer about the housing investments we’ve made and the broadband build-out that’s begun.

But we’re here today to also talk about water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure projects that will give communities across the state more opportunity.

We came up with the package we did because to get the transformative results from the unique opportunity that ARPA has given us, we need these initiatives to complement each other.

When communities have better infrastructure, they can support business growth and more housing.

One does not go well without the other.

And after building and improving traditional infrastructure and connecting more places to broadband, we will be able to attract another generation to our state, connecting them to 21st century jobs.

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It is also essential that we provide drinking water to the people of Vermont.

Much of our infrastructure is decades old, sometimes more than a century old, and the investments we are making this year will help ensure that these commitments are sustained in the future.

Secretary Moore will go into more detail in a few minutes, but updating this infrastructure now will save us in the long run.

We know the climate is changing and will include more extreme weather events, so investing now in climate resilience, which we have done, will help us mitigate the impacts of extreme storms and the floods that come with them.

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Water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure projects can also breathe new life into rural areas of our state, and my administration is committed to ensuring that these projects, along with other investments we make benefit all 14 Vermont counties, not just the northwest part of the state.

I know the legislators share this commitment, so I want to once again thank them for their work and also thank our federal partners at the EPA for their continued collaboration and commitment to Vermont.

With that, I’ll turn it over to Secretary Moore.

Secretary Moore: Water infrastructure is the backbone of our lives and livelihoods. Whether it’s turning on the tap in the morning to take a shower, preparing the food we eat, properly draining our roads and parking lots on rainy days, and having enough water treatment capacity, drinking water and wastewater to support local businesses and institutions.

It’s all water infrastructure!

And in many Vermont communities, water infrastructure is the most valuable asset the community owns – more than the local school and often more than the municipal road system.

The challenge is that water infrastructure is generally out of sight and therefore out of mind and therefore the pace of investment in these assets has not kept pace with need.

We have estimated that throughout Vermont, more than $2 billion in investments will be needed in drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems over the next 10 years, both to restore existing systems and to prepare this critical infrastructure for the increasingly disruptive and potentially devastating effects of climate change. .

We also know that Vermont’s rural and aging populations are uniquely challenged with the costs associated with maintaining, upgrading and replacing aging water infrastructure while keeping user rates affordable.

Fortunately, we are at a unique time when unprecedented financial resources are available to invest in water infrastructure. These include:
·The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program is an EPA partnership that provides communities with low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects; and

Vermont’s commitment to invest nearly a quarter of the discretionary funding it received under the U.S. Federal Bailout – or ARPA – in clean water, wastewater and rainwater

In total, over the next five years, working with community partners and property owners, Vermont is on track to invest nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in water infrastructure projects.

The Royalton water treatment facility project is an excellent example of the type of investment needed and the opportunities for infrastructure investment.

The overall objective of this project is to upgrade Royalton’s water treatment plant which is rapidly approaching the end of its useful life and becoming increasingly difficult to operate.

The project will ensure that Royalton’s water supply system can provide adequate and reliable drinking water to its customers in the face of climate change while providing additional capacity needed to support future growth.

Royalton’s water supply system is one of the few in Vermont to use a river – the White River – as its primary source of supply.

Ongoing investments will ensure that the water supply system is able to deliver consistent, high-quality drinking water to users and respond to a wider range of conditions in the river, such as lower flow during drought conditions or conditions being experienced in many of the northeast at this time due to major rainfall events which may negatively impact water quality.

This is an exciting, important, and impactful investment that combines federal, state, and local resources for maximum effect.

I would like to thank the Royalton Fire District 1 Prudential Committee, The Dufresne Group, Kingsbury Construction and the team at the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division and the Water Investments Division. water from DEC, including Cindy Parks who joins me today, for the hard work that has brought the project this far and recognizing and honoring the efforts ahead to complete construction.

I look forward to seeing the completion of this project, and many others, as we invest in our communities, in Vermont’s basic infrastructure, and in improving our resilience to climate change.

30.08.2022. Royalton, Vermont – Governor www.vermont.gov

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