Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $700,000 In Federal Funds For New Water Infrastructure In Orleans County

Feb 24, 2015

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $692,000 in funding for the Town of Barre in Orleans County to make new investments in local water infrastructure. The Town of Barre will receive a $384,000 loan, along with a grant of $308,000 to construct a new water main, valves and hydrants that will extend clean water access to residents on Eagle Harbor, Route 31A and Long Bridge roads who currently have contaminated private wells. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“With this funding and low-interest loan, the Town of Barre in Orleans County will now be able to make crucial improvements to its water district without passing the entire financial burden onto local taxpayers,” said Senator Schumer. “This water main expansion is a wise investment in infrastructure that will enhance access to clean drinking water, which is vital to the town and its residents’ long-term health and prosperity.”

“This is a major investment for Barre residents, and those who are looking to move or open new businesses in town,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Access to safe, clean, and sustainable water is imperative and I am pleased this federal funding will be going to provide residents with access to that basic necessity. Continuous improvements like this one protect the health of our families and help spur growth and longevity in our communities.”

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.