December 17, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.6 Million In Federal Funding For Towns Across The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region To Address Water Infrastructure

Funding Will Be Used For Six Projects To Construct And Make Improvements To Municipal Water Systems In Rochester-Finger Lakes Towns

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,639,000 in federal funding for 6 water infrastructure improvement projects across the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program.

Specifically, Schumer and Gillibrand explained, the Town of Alabama in Genesee County will receive $1,653,000 to create Water District #2, the Town of Bethany in Genesee County will receive $722,000 to create Water District #4, the Town of Clarendon in Orleans County will receive $790,000 to create Water District #13 and an additional $790,000 to improve the water improvement benefit area #12, and the Town of Torrey in Yates County will receive $684,000 to create Water District 1, the first municipal water system to serve this area.

“These federal investments in job-creating and economy-boosting water infrastructure projects are great news for the Rochester-Finger Lakes region,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will allow five towns across the region to construct and make critical improvements to municipal water systems needed to provide clean, safe drinking water to their communities. I am proud to announce these federal investments and will continue fighting to ensure rural communities across Upstate New York have the resources they need to build, protect and maintain their water infrastructure.”

“All New Yorkers should have access to a reliable source of clean water, and with these grants, communities throughout the Rochester-Finger Lakes region will be able to expand and improve their water systems,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These investments will help provide safe and clean water for residents in the Towns of Alabama, Bethany, Clarendon, and Torrey, and I will always fight in the Senate for the resources to protect the health and quality of life for residents.”

A breakdown of funding for USDA grant awards provided for the Rochester-Finger Lakes region is included below:

Town

County

Amount

Project

Town of Alabama

Genesee County

$1,653,000

Create Water District #2

Town of Bethany

Genesee County

$722,000

Create Water District #4

Town of Clarendon

Orleans County

$790,000

Create Water District #13

Town of Clarendon

Orleans County

$790,000

Make improvements to the water improvement benefit area #12

Town of Torrey

Yates County

$684,000

Create Water District #1

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.