Representative Malinowski Announces $1.3 Million Grant for Frenchtown Sewer Systems

August 11, 2020
Press Release

(Somerville, NJ) This week, Representative Tom Malinowski announced that Frenchtown will receive a $1,388,288 grant and a $1,590,000 loan from the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program dispersed through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) office of Rural Development. The funding will be used to install a new gravity sanitary sewer system to each house in the Hilltop area of the Borough of Frenchtown. The project will also eliminate potential groundwater contamination from failing septic systems in the neighborhood.

The Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas. Representative Malinowski’s office worked with Frenchtown Mayor Brad Myhre to help secure the funding and wrote a letter of support to the New Jersey USDA office requesting that they provide sufficient funding for the project. Previously, USDA provided a funding package to Frenchtown to help with the building of the wastewater facility, which was completed in 2015.

“This funding will allow residents of the Hilltop neighborhood in Frenchtown to connect to the sewer line, which will increase water quality and public health throughout the region,” said Representative Malinowski. “I am proud that my office was able to support Frenchtown in securing this funding, and I will continue to fight each day in Congress to bring federal tax dollars back to New Jersey.”

“The Borough of Frenchtown is very thankful to be awarded funding from the USDA Rural Development Office. These important grant and loan funds awarded to the Borough will enable 24 residences to have access to sanitary sewer service and for former dirt roads in our hilltop streets neighborhood to be paved.  This issue has plagued the Borough since these houses were constructed dating back to the late 1960s,” said Frenchtown Mayor Brad Myhre.