06.12.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.6 MILLION IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE TOWN OF GOUVERNEUR TO IMPROVE WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

273 Water Users Depend On Water Distribution System Riddled With Problems; Funding Will Be Used To Replace Entire Water Distribution Main Along Route 11

Eastside Water District Will Receive $767K, Westside Water District Will Receive $863K To Address Numerous Problems With Distribution System

Schumer, Gillibrand: USDA Funding Will Keep Town Of Gouverneur Flowing

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal funding totaling $1,674,000 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 replace the entire water distribution main along Route 11 in both the Eastside and Westside water districts.

“Every New Yorker deserves to have peace of mind about reliable access to water,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will allow the Town of Gouverneur to make critical improvements to their water distribution system, 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 York’s rural communities deserve clean drinking water and wastewater systems they can trust,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will improve the quality of vital water infrastructure like the water distribution main that touches both the Eastside and Westside water districts, while promoting economic development for the Town of Gouverneur. I will continue fighting for the resources we need to provide New Yorkers with access to reliable and safe water.” 

Currently, 273 water users depend on the distribution system that has numerous problems including mainline breaks and corrosion of bolts. The new water mains would be installed adjacent to the existing main and new valves and hydrants would be strategically located to meet the Recommended Standards for Water Works requirements.

Specifically, the senators explained, the Eastside Water District will cost $1,305,000 in total, receiving $767,000 from USDA Rural Development, $398,059 from New York State’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). $941 will be contributed by the Town of Gouverneur. The Westside Water District will cost $1,679,000 in total, receiving $907,000 from USDA Rural Development, $479,428 from New York State’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). $572 will be contributed by the Town of Gouverneur.

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