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February 15, 2014

More Atkinson residents can receive safe water

Water line will be extended to Deer Run Road

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He is among the 18 for whom the EPA will fund the cost, but is concerned about residents who would have to pay for their own hookup. DiMaggio drafted a citizens petition voters will consider in March that would ask the town to provide $160,000 to connect the 19 homes.

He was pleased to hear more residents would have access to the water line.

“I’m tickled to death they are going to do Deer Run and give them the option to hook up,” DiMaggio said yesterday.

Shaheen, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-N.H., issued a joint statement about the project. They have asked the EPA to fund additional hookups.

“This is great news for Atkinson residents,” the congressional leaders said. “Reliable access to safe drinking water is of critical importance. The EPA’s decision to extend the water main will help ensure Atkinson is protected from harmful chemical contaminants.”

The EPA has allocated $2 million to fund the entire remediation project, Zimmerman said.

The source of the contamination is believed to be the release of a chemical solvent at the Johnston and Johnston property in 1989. The company, which manufactured rolled aluminum, sold the property at 128 Route 111 to Winfield Alloy, a recycling firm, in 2005.

Zimmerman said construction of the water line began late last fall, but came to a halt with the onset of winter. Work will resume this spring, she said.

“We want to get out there again as soon as we can,” she said. “It’s all weather dependent.”

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