December 10, 2009
By Paul Crocetti
MARLBOROUGH -The city yesterday received a $38,000 state grant for water conservation in the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord watershed.
The grant is expected to fund leak detection equipment, said Ed Coletta, state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman. The $47,500 project requires a 25 percent match.
About 19 percent of the water pumped through the city’s system is lost or unaccounted for, Coletta said, and the grant will help get communities down to a target of 10 percent.
“This grant will help Marlborough reduce the amount of water wasted through leaks in the city’s drinking water delivery system, saving the city money while preserving our limited water resources and reducing our negative impact on the local environment,” state Sen. James Eldridge, D-Acton, said in a statement.
The new water equipment will help foster greater efficiency in the city and surrounding communities, said state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough.
“We’re always looking out for any help we can get from the state and federal government,” she said.
Part of the plan is to share the equipment with Northborough and Sudbury, Coletta said.
The watershed has a drainage area of about 377 square miles, according to the state’s Web site. The watershed encompasses all or part of 36 cities and towns and supports 365,000 residents.
The state awarded $538,000 to 13 projects to reduce drinking water losses. The projects are part of the 2010 Water Conservation Grant Program.
“Given the energy intensive nature of pumping and treating drinking water, it is critical for the health of our natural infrastructure and fiscal economy to conserve drinking water, especially within our most stressed watersheds,” DEP Commissioner Laurie Burt said in a statement.
The Massachusetts Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund provided grant funding.