Congressman Ted Deutch is requesting funding for water infrastructure improvements in the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park and Wilton Manors.

Deutch (FL-22) requested $900,000 from the House Committee on Appropriations for water infrastructure projects in the three cities for the fiscal year 2022.

“The funding will be used to upgrade, improve and make more efficient portions of the three cities’ wastewater systems that provide connectivity between their respective systems to deal with sea-level rise, rising temperatures and extreme weather,” Deutch wrote in his funding request letter to the committee.

Heavy rainstorms last fall saturated the ground and created intense pressure on the system which resulted in breaks to wastewater pipes. Deutch also requested $400,000 for stormwater drainage projects in Coral Springs. 

Representatives can request funding for as many as 10 community projects each fiscal year. In addition to water infrastructure improvements, Deutch requested funding for peer mentoring programs in Broward Public Schools ($500,000), mental health diversion project for Broward Sheriff’s Office ($562,385), Sanborn Square renovation project for the City of Boca Raton ($285,000), security technology enhancements for the City of Deerfield Beach ($595,000), Dixie Hwy. corridor improvements in the City of Pompano Beach ($600,000), independent living and workforce readiness programs at Covenant House in Fort Lauderdale ($300,000), telemental health programs at Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton ($385,848) and suicide prevention programs at the United Way of Broward County ($646,762).

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