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Pomfret gets $3.4M for water project

The town of Pomfret is getting $3.4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to construct the North End Water District Phase 2 project.

It’s part of an $82,141,000 appropriation to nine water projects in Upstate New York. President Joe Biden announced more than $770 million in funding earlier in the week for rural water infrastructure projects nationwide, and this is part of that.

“We credit Senator (Charles) Schumer with making it possible for the Town of Pomfret to extend municipal water service to residents in the town who are currently served by marginal water wells,” said Pomfret Town Supervisor Dan Pacos. “His efforts secured funding for the town to make this important infrastructure upgrade possible. This funding will help improve the quality of life for a number of Pomfret residents. His efforts will benefit our residents for years to come – he has my sincere thanks!”

The town will contribute $6,000 to the project.

Schumer said, “From Greene to Massena, this funding is flowing to rural communities across Upstate New York to support critical upgrades to water infrastructure, ensuring all New Yorkers have access to clean water and drinking water systems. By putting federal resources toward modern water infrastructure, these federal dollars are giving our rural families, businesses, and farmers the contaminant-free water they deserve and need to thrive.”

New York’s other senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, stated, “All New Yorkers deserve to have access to safe, reliable water systems. This investment will help bring key water infrastructure upgrades to Upstate New York and ensure families, business owners, and farmers have the clean water they need. I am proud to deliver this funding and will continue to fight so all New Yorkers have access to safe and reliable water.”

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