Water Commission receives $35K in grants

WILTON – The Wilton Water Commission has been awarded two grants for improvements to the system, totaling $35,569.

The grants were obtained through the efforts of Water Works Superintendent Mike Bergeron and Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

A grant of $20,569 from the New Hampshire Department of Safety Emergency Performance Grant program was awarded on Jan. 17. It will cover half of the cost of a new generator system for the pump station. The balance will come from a capital reserve fund.

The new system will allow for uninterrupted service of the pumps in an emergency and will be installed this summer.

A grant of $15,000 was received from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Asset Management Planning program. It was awarded on Jan. 22 and will cover half of the cost of completing a GIS mapping project of the water distribution system. The balance will come from a capital reserve fund.

The goal is to complete the mapping by the end of the year. Both grants are contingent on final approval of the governor and Executive Council.

Commission Chairman Tom Schultz presented Certificates of Excellence to Bergeron and Edelblut at the regular meeting of the commission on
Jan. 31.

Schultz said, “We appreciate the efforts of both Commissioner Edelblut and Superintendent Bergeron to complete the applications and secure the funds to improve the Wilton water system.”

The water system was chartered by the state in 1905. It provides a source of clean water to downtown Wilton and the Pine Valley Section of West Milford. The board of directors is elected by the town.