BERLIN, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire’s commissioners in Coos County are asking members of the state’s congressional delegation to intervene with the federal Bureau of Prisons over sewer service for the prison being built in Berlin.

The commissioners say they understand the bureau is considering building its own wastewater treatment plant rather than connect to the city’s facility.

Berlin wants the prison as a customer to compensate for sewer revenue lost when the pulp mill closed.

Berlin has estimated it will cost nearly $11 million to cover the cost of upgrading its system to provide sewer service to the 1,150-bed prison.

The bureau has said that amount exceeds the approximately $6 million it has budgeted.

The city says the added revenue would help cover the cost of upgrading.

Information from: The Berlin Daily Sun,

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