Extra drinking water infrastructure funds in limbo

Extra drinking water infrastructure funds in limbo.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It’s questionable whether Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration will ultimately borrow $50 million to help fix aging drinking water infrastructure across Connecticut.

Some public water systems are counting on the state grants to make needed repairs. Connecticut has nearly $3.6 billion of infrastructure improvement needs, including replacement of aging water mains that date back 100 years.

Office of Policy and Management spokesman Gian-Carl Casa said the agency “continues to consider the policy implications” of legislation passed in 2014. It required the state to borrow money to fund the grant program, which aimed to supplement the state’s federally funded low-interest loan program for water systems.

Connecticut Water Works Association director Betsy Gara said it “will be a blow” to utilities if the $50 million in grants isn’t funded.

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