U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $170,000 in federal funding for the Town of Hopewell in Ontario County. The funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program and will be used for improvements to the town’s municipal water system. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct the Hopewell Central Water Extension #3, which would bring clean and safe drinking water to 75 area-residents who are currently lacking.
“This federal investment is great news for public health in the Town of Hopewell and Ontario County,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds will allow the Town of Hopewell to extend its municipal water system, to ensure that all residents have access to the safe and clean drinking 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.”
“Access to clean and reliable drinking water is critical to improving the quality of life in our rural communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This investment will help deliver safe drinking water to the Town of Hopewell and upgrade its municipal water system. I will continue to fight in the Senate to ensure all New Yorkers have the resources they need to have clean drinking water.”
“I want to thank the senators and the USDA for awarding us this grant which provides the final piece of funding that we need to move forward with this project. Our plans to improve the water system were put on hold for several years due to a lack of funding. This grant puts us back on track and we are ready to break ground later this year.” Said Town of Hopewell Supervisor Ted Bateman
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.