RARITAN, NJ - The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding Raritan Borough with $360,245 to repair or replace sewer pipes that are decaying and contributing to raw sewage overflows in the community and adversely impacting the Raritan River, according to a release from Rep. Leonard Lance.

The project is part of $85 million in funds for New Jersey safe water projects.

"Clean drinking water is the lifeblood of all things - we need reliable water infrastructure to make sure residents can trust the water coming out of the tap," Lance said in the release. "This is an important project for Raritan Borough, and I thank for EPA for making it a priority. This is how the EPA is supposed to work, help local entities tackle important projects with funding and expertise."

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Among the projects from the EPA are ones to upgrade wastewater and drinking water systems, as well as $65,589,000 to the New Jersey Clean Water State Revolving Fund program and $18,957,000 to the New Jersey Drinking Water Revolving Fund program.

In addition to this project in Raritan from the EPA, the EPA has also completed the cleanup proposal for the final stage of the American Cyanamid Superfund site in Bridgewater, with an additional $66 million secured in funding for projects like this across the country.