Chautauqua County awarded over $5 million for water infrastructure projects
MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County was recently awarded $5,972,000 through New York State’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) program to help complete two water infrastructure projects.
The North Chautauqua County Water District (NCCWD) received $3 million through the drinking water grant of the WIIA for its North Chautauqua County Regional Water Project. This project, which is estimated to cost $6 million, would provide a transmission main in the Town of Sheridan and a water storage tank in the town of Dunkirk to benefit the district and allow for an interconnection with the Village of Fredonia.
“This funding will allow us to continue with Phase II of our regional water project,” said Don Steger, Pomfret Town Supervisor and chairman of the NCCWD. “This will allow the main transmission line to continue and provide safe, dependable and affordable water to our region. We are optimistic that continuing this project will be the next step in improvements to the infrastructure system which will help ensure future viability of the region. The collaborative effort of each Municipality involved and the industrial district will be a benefit of everyone for years to come, and will hopefully act as a catalyst to allow future improvements to continue.”
The South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts (SCCLSD) also received $2,972,000 through the clean water grant of the WIIA for its West Side Sewer Extension Phase 1 project. This project, which is estimated to cost over $11 million, would provide public sewers to a portion of the unsewered west side of Chautauqua Lake in the Town of North Harmony. By removing all septic systems in the area and providing a public collection system, this project would reduce the amount of nutrients entering Chautauqua Lake and address cyanotoxins associated with harmful algal blooms.
“Five years ago Chautauqua County began pursuit of County Executive Vince Horrigan’s vision to complete public sewer systems around the perimeter of Chautauqua Lake,” said Pierre Chagnon, County Legislator (R-Bemus Point) and member of the SCCLSD Board of Directors. “Four years ago we had a professionally completed, comprehensive, Integrated Sewage Management Plan for Chautauqua Lake. The first priority was the extension of public sewers up the west side of Chautauqua Lake to complete the gap between Sunrise Cove and Prendergast Creek. This wonderful grant now completes the funding required for phase one, extending sewers up through the hamlet of Stow. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to get us to this point.”
The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act program is part of the Clean Water Infrastructure Act (CWIA) of 2017, which was developed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The CWIA invests in projects throughout the State that protect water quality and improve clean and drinking water infrastructure.
The recent awards for Chautauqua County were among over $270 million in grants that were awarded to projects across New York State. Of this total, $23 million in grants were awarded to 14 municipal water infrastructure projects in Western New York.
“I am thrilled that the state has provided this vital funding,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “The funding for the West Side Sewer Extension project will allow us to continue to provide important municipal sewer expansion around Chautauqua Lake, which will help improve the lake’s water quality as well other benefits. I am also pleased to see the North Chautauqua County Water District is continuing to earn grant funding with its groundbreaking regional water district solution.”