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Town gets grant to protect sewer pump stations

Wareham is getting help from the state in protecting three key sewer pump stations from future damage caused by climate change impact.

The town was among 16 recipients of $2.2 million in combined funding recently awarded by the state’s Office of Coastal Zone Management to help communities become more prepared and resilient to the effects of climate change, including storm surges, flooding, erosion, and rising sea levels.

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The $101,100 awarded to Wareham will help fund the cost of obtaining permits and developing final construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates for improvements at three of its water pump stations -- the Narrows Pump Station on Merchants Way, the Hynes Field Pump Station on Onset Avenue, and the Cohasset Narrows Pump Station on Cranberry Highway -- considered most vulnerable to storm damage.

Enabling those stations to better withstand future storm events will reduce public health and environmental risks, officials said.

“Most of us don’t realize that there are more possible consequences from coastal hazards than just residential and commercial interests. The possible compromise of infrastructure related to public health poses real threats to our communities,” state Representative Susan Gifford, a Wareham Republican, said in a statement, calling the grant “another step toward minimizing this risk in Wareham.”

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.
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