Fairfield gets $5M in aid to shore up beachfront, WPCA plant
Fairfield is slated to receive more than $5 million for infrastructure either in need of restoration or upgrades because of the impact of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
The allocation for three local projects is part of $30 million in similar grants for communities around the state announced Monday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
"The damaging effects of storms along Connecticut's shoreline are just a reality these communities must face," Malloy said in a statement announcing the aid. "With these grants, however, we can assist these municipalities and their cleanup efforts from the devastation of one of the most severe storms in Connecticut's history, and help them to establish resiliency plans so they can be better prepared in the years ahead."
This second round of federal funding "will build on the momentum started in rebuilding infrastructure projects," state Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein added in the statement. "It's also helping these same cities and towns take measures that will diminish the impacts of future storms."
The funding for the three Fairfield projects includes:
- $2.5 million for a "micro-grid" power system at the water-pollution control plant. The money will be sued for a new cogeneration unit designed to provide heat and electricity to the plant during normal operation and in the case of a grid outage. The unit will be fueled by biogas currently produced by the wastewater treatment plant.
- $2.3 million for "resiliency" work at the water-pollution control plant. The project is designed to provide protection from the risk of sanitary system overflows by constructing an earthen berm and storm water pump station to protect the treatment plant and other facilities from future flooding.
$225,000 for Penfield Beach "resiliency" upgrades. The money will be used to shore up the timber bulkhead in the area, providing the Fairfield Beach Road neighborhood with a greater ability to withstand the damaging effects of severe coastal storms.