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Rep. Lori Trahan gets billions for sewage overflows added to infrastructure bill

Alana Melanson, Lowell Sun on July 01, 2021

LOWELL - More good news may be on the way for Greater Lowell and other Merrimack Valley towns impacted by combined sewer overflows and other water and wastewater infrastructure challenges.

Key provisions from U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan’s Stop Sewage Overflows Act — bipartisan legislation she introduced earlier this year in collaboration with Illinois Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood — have been included in the INVEST in America Act, a five-year, $715 billion surface transportation and water infrastructure bill that the House will take up this week.

Those provisions include $2 billion for projects that capture, treat or reuse sewer overflows or stormwater, along with another $2.5 billion for state water pollution programs — part of an overall $51.25 billion for wastewater infrastructure.

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