U.S Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,224,000 in federal funding for the Town of Sodus in Wayne County to make new investments in its local water infrastructure. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Grant Program. Specifically, $500,000 will come in the form of a grant, and $724,000 in the form of a low-interest loan that can be paid back over the next 38 years. These funds will be used to extend water infrastructure to bring residents along Maple Ridge and South Centenary Roads, who are not currently served by a public water source, the safe and reliable water they need. These funds will cover 100 percent of the total project cost.
“This much-needed federal support will allow the Town of Sodus to make wise infrastructure investments to its water district, which will enhance public health, access to clean drinking water and economic development,” said Senator Schumer. “This is great news and will now enable the town to make these crucial upgrades without passing the entire financial burden onto local taxpayers.”
“These funds through the USDA are a critical investment in the Town of Sodus’ water infrastructure,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “This federal funding will help enable the community to make necessary upgrades to the water system that will help protect public health, boost economic development and ensure that local taxpayers aren’t left alone to foot the bill.”
USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Program 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.