Milford will begin construction on a replacement water treatment plant later this year, thanks in part to a $4 million state loan announced March 15.


Milford will begin construction on a replacement water treatment plant later this year, thanks in part to a $4 million state loan announced March 15.

Milford residents approved the funding package, which was put to referendum in November.

“The current water plant was built around the early 1950s and it’s taken some expensive repairs to keep it functioning,” City Manager Richard Carmean said. “The new plant is in the design stages now and we hope to begin construction in the fall.”

Milford is one of nine municipalities to receive a combined $18 million in loans distributed by the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund through an Environmental Protection Agency grant awarded in 2011.
Carmean said the 20-year loan would come with a 1 percent interest rate, while $1.4 to $1.6 million of the principal would be forgiven once the project is completed.

“It’s really a great value for the ratepayers,” he said. “If the project had to have been done without this loan, it very well could have resulted in an increase in water rates.”

The loan is expected to cover the majority of the project’s cost, with the remainder funded through Milford’s water fund reserves, if needed, he said.

In addition to the new plant, town government also plans to undertake this year the construction of a new 750,000 gallon water tower in southeastern Milford, the addition of a second well, upgrades to existing water lines and a relocation of the city’s utility building office to downtown, according to Carmean.

He added that no disruptions in water services are expected during the construction of the replacement water treatment plant.

An exact start date for the project has not been set.

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