Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Deliver $7 Million For Finger Lakes Communities To Upgrade Aging Drinking And Wastewater Infrastructure For Seneca, Ontario, And Genesee Counties

Mar 14, 2024

Schumer, Gillibrand: New Fed Investments Are Flowing To Finger Lakes To Upgrade Our Aging Water Infrastructure!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that they have secured $7,000,000 from the just-passed Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bill for vital water infrastructure improvements across the Finger Lakes as congressionally directed spending requests. The senators said the funds will help provide families, business owners, and agricultural producers with clean drinking water and modern sanitary wastewater systems to boost public health and economic growth.

“Federal funding is flowing to communities across the Finger Lakes to upgrade our aging drinking water and sewer infrastructure all while creating a steady stream of jobs, jobs, jobs. From Canandaigua to Fayette, this funding will provide safe drinking water and ensure our beautiful waterways remain free from sewer overflow,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to deliver this federal funding and will continue the fight to turn the tide on our state’s aging water infrastructure to boost public health and economic growth.”

“This $7 million investment to bring crucial water infrastructure improvements to the Finger Lakes won’t only boost public health for area residents, but will also create jobs and grow the local economy,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am proud to have secured this funding in the recently-passed funding package to bring clean water and modern wastewater systems to Finger Lakes communities. Every New Yorker deserves access to safe drinking water, and I’ll keep fighting for funding to advance that goal.”

The senator said these projects include:

$3.5 million for the Sewer District No.1 Project in Town of Fayette

The town of Fayette will use this funding to reconstruct sanitary sewer lines for residents in sewer district No.1, removing inadequate septic systems and improving water quality in the Seneca Lake.

$1.75 million for the City of Canandaigua’s Water Storage Tank DBP Remediation

The funding will be used for engineering, purchase & installation a of disinfection by-product removal system. The project will preserve and improve drinking water quality and promote water conservation.

$1.75 million for the Genesee County Galloway Road and Macomber Road Water Mains

Genesee County is embarking on phase 3 of its water security, improvement, and resiliency project. This funding will support the next phase to provide an additional 7.6 million gallons per day to its supply.