arlier this week, Congressman Rob Andrews announced $3.3 million in federal grants and $2.8 million in low interest loans to replace the water treatment plant and water tower in Paulsboro. This project will create over 900 construction jobs and help facilitate the expansion of the Paulsboro port, growing over 1,000 permanent jobs for South Jersey residents. Rep. Andrews has been a strong supporter of the Paulsboro Port project from the beginning, and continues to work closely with the borough of Paulsboro, the Economic Development Administration, and the Department of Agriculture to ensure the project's completion.
The current water treatment plant contains aging wells built in the early 1960's. This new treatment plant will improve the water service to 2,386 homes and 112 businesses and is slated to be completed in the last half of next year. The deteriorating water tower will also be replaced as part of the project.
"This money does two very important things for South Jersey: it provides safer water for the residents of Paulsboro and increases water capacity, as needed for the expansion of the Paulsboro port. Expanding the port will create 1,000 permanent jobs, boosting the local economy," said Andrews. "A larger port will increase the amount of international trade going through Paulsboro. The benefits of this project could not be any clearer."
The source of the funding is the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act which Congressman Andrews voted for in January 2009 and was signed into law by President Obama in February of that same year.