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Federal Funding Will Ensure Upstate Residents Have Access To Clean Water, Reliable Sanitation, And Storage For Firefighting Purposes

Senators Say Over 20.5K Rural Residents Will Benefit From USDA Funding

Schumer, Gillibrand, USDA Funding Will Keep Upstate Towns And Villages Flowing

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal funding totaling $37,901,000 allocated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development as part of the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program. The funding will be used to improve access to clean water, reliable sanitation, and water storage for firefighting purposes.

“Every New Yorker deserves to have peace of mind about reliable access to water,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will allow towns and villages across Upstate New York to make critical improvements to their water systems, helping ensure that all residents have access to the safe and clean water they deserve. I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue fighting to ensure rural communities across Upstate New York have the resources they need to build, protect and maintain their infrastructure.”

“New Yorkers need clean drinking water when they turn on the tap,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will improve the quality of vital water infrastructure in Upstate New York, while promoting economic development. I will continue fighting for the resources needed to provide rural New Yorkers with access to reliable and safe water.”  

Specifically, in the 21st congressional district, the Village of Whitehall in Washington County will receive a loan of $3,010,000 and a grant of $750,000 that will benefit 2,614 residents and reline existing sanitary pipes, reroute storm laterals, and extend several storm sewer mains to remove excess inflow and infiltration in the sewer system that overwhelms the wastewater treatment plant during high flow periods. The Village of Potsdam in St. Lawrence County will receive a loan of $1,895,000 that will benefit 9,428 residents and renovate the district’s water tank to improve quality and quantity of water.

In the 24th congressional district, the Town of Scriba in Oswego will receive a loan of $15,011,000 that will benefit 875 residents and install a new sewage collection system, extend sewer service to residents and existing nuclear power plants, and construct a new wastewater treatment facility.

In the 27th congressional district, Dansville Village in Livingston County will receive a loan of $3,701,000 that will benefit 4,719 residents and repair the water system to provide safe potable water. The Town of Byron in Genesee County will receive a loan of $5,550,000 and a grant of $4,425,000 that will benefit 171 residents and 53 other users and create Water Improvement Area #1 to extend public water service. The Town of Pavilion in Genesee County will receive $567,000 that will benefit 2,495 residents and build a new 300,000 gallon water storage tank and over a mile of water supply pipeline to improve water quality and pressure that will help the town fight fires. The Town of Stafford in Genesee County will receive a loan of $1,353,000 and a grant of $1,639,000 that will benefit 185 residents and create Water District #12, extending public water service to residents who do not currently have access to safe potable water.