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Lawmakers approve $5 million for Rochester water project

November 17, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers have approved nearly $5 million in funding to extend a water main in Rochester to bring clean drinking water to an area dealing with contamination from a gasoline additive.

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday approved a $3.8 million grant and a loan of nearly $1.3 million to the city from the state’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund.

The gasoline additive MTBE used to be added to reduce smog-causing emissions. The affected area also is known to have high levels of iron, arsenic and radon in well water.

Republican Sen. James Gray, who represents Rochester, says no one should have to worry that the water they drink is damaging their health.

The funding now goes to the governor and Executive Council for approval.

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