Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $130,000 in federal funding for the Village of Whitehall in Washington County. The funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program. The Village of Whitehall will use the funding to upgrade the village’s sewer system. Specifically, the village will eliminate three storm sewer cross connections, consolidate and manage sewer overflows, and rehabilitate the worst sections of gravity sewer main.
“This federal investment will be a major boost to the Village of Whitehall’s sewer system,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds are a step in the right direction and will help the Village of Whitehall make critical investments in water infrastructure, boost economic development and improve public health. I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue to fight to make sure that rural communities have the tools they need to grow and prosper.”
“This grant is great news for the Village of Whitehall. New Yorkers should be able to trust that their water infrastructure is safe and reliable, and with this federal funding, the Village of Whitehall will be able to improve its sewer system for its residents,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “Investments such as this one are critical for the health of our local communities and for local economic development. I will always work in the Senate to improve the health and quality of life for all New Yorkers.”
The USDA Rural Development Program provided this funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program, which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas. More information can be found here.