The New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission voted unanimously to award $200,000 to design the extension of a municipal waterline to provide safe water to homes around the Coakley landfill. A waterline down Breakfast Hill Road could provide water to nearly 300 homes.
Portsmouth and Greenland earlier this year applied for a $17.3 million grant to extend a water line along Breakfast Hill Road. The funds awarded this week come from the state's MTBE contamination settlement with Exxon Mobil.
This is the first step in getting a waterline into the Breakfast Hill neighborhoods. There is no word on how long the engineering study will take, but this is encouraging news. Greenland's appointee to the Commission, Selectman Paul Sanderson says there is considerable interest in helping many communities throughout New Hampshire facing similar water issues.