$119 Million New Bedford Wastewater Loan Order Passed 2nd Reading

NEW BEDFORD — City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to pass second reading on a motion to borrow $119 million to pay for a sweeping plan to improve New Bedford’s sewer and drainage system.

Council is expected to revisit the issue at its May 24 meeting.

The $119 million would be used to fund the city’s long-term CSO control and integrated capital improvements plan, which would include upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, repairs to flood control structures such as the Turner Pond Dam and New Bedford Hurricane Barrier and the construction of the third phase of the Coggeshall Street Sewer Separation Project, among other infrastructure improvements throughout the city.

On May 9, the city council’s finance committee recommended passing a borrowing ordinance for the $119 million.

City officials have previously said New Bedford’s sewage collection system is in dire need of upgrades because much of the system was built between the 1880s and 1960s.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has pressured New Bedford in recent years to upgrade its water and sewer infrastructure under the federal Clean Water Act. The city has sought to make those improvements, but a relative lack of funds and the CO-19 pandemic have set back some of the progress, General Counsel Linda Morad said last spring during a council hearing.

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