Norwood to receive $2 million in grant money for water, sewer systems
Published 2:37 pm Tuesday, January 11, 2022
At the January meeting of the Norwood Town Council, council members approved by a 4-0 vote to accept $2 million in grant money for the town’s water and sewer systems.
The grant comes from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) through the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The money, according to Town Administrator Scott Howard, is different from the ARP money the town received previously, which was approximately $780,000.
Howard said high on the town’s priority list for the $2 million is upgrading sewer pumps along with lines which can handle the new sewer flow from some of the upcoming residential developments such as Viva Lagos!, Edgewater II and possibly Edgewater III if that development comes to fruition.
“The money needs to be spent on water, sewer or stormwater needs of the town,” Howard said.
Rehab on some of the other sewer lines is a need for the town.
“Norwood’s existing sewer infrastructure in that area is not equipped to handle a large increase in sewer flow that these developments would produce. This grant can be used to correct that issue in a timely matter,” Howard said.
By increasing and upgrading the town’s infrastructure, Howard said it would increase housing options in the town and “alleviate the large sums of capital needed from Norwood’s Enterprise Fund for upgrading that infrastructure. This would increase our tax base as well.”