Congressman visits Seabrook's wastewater treatment facility
SEABROOK — Congressman Chris Pappas visited the wastewater treatment facility Tuesday afternoon to discuss funding from the Department of Environmental Services and improvements being made in town and across the state.
Pappas, a Democrat representing New Hampshire's 1st District, sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that oversees the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During the tour, he noted there is a revolving fund of federal money for the state to improve infrastructure such as the treatment facility in Seabrook.
"There's a lot of talk in Washington about the Infrastructure Committee," Pappas said. "It's important to get a local understanding of the infrastructure and the systems that already exist and how we might make improvements over time to the local communities."
Wastewater Superintendent Philippe Maltais and secretary Jamie McDonald gave Pappas a tutorial of the newly implemented geographic information system, which collects data about wells, sewers and pipelines, among other infrastructure in town.
Prior to using the online system, wastewater officials would use paper maps to locate these and respond to calls, McDonald said.