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ECWA Receives New York State Grant to Fund Amherst Water Project

OCTOBER 16, 2017

BUFFALO, NY - The Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) is pleased to announce it has received a $1.2 million grant from New York State to support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. This Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grant will be used by ECWA to fund a critical infrastructure project to improve water transmission systems located in the Town of Amherst.

ECWA's infrastructure initiative will replace a 36" transmission main with a history of breaks that currently reaches approximately 215,000 ECWA customers. Due to its community impact, ECWA elected to explore all methods available to help supplement the project's cost, while limiting financial strain on its ratepayers. Following this grant award, the amount of this project will be effectively cut in half with construction expected to begin early next year.

"This project is a major step forward toward replacing vital sections of our infrastructure affecting a significant number of customers within our service area," said Russ Stoll, ECWA Executive Engineer. "The July 2016 water break revealed that some sections of this main may be vulnerable to occasional failure and should be addressed quickly to avoid problems in the future."

The New York State Infrastructure Improvement Act is a program created to provide $255 million to support essential drinking water and infrastructure projects statewide, awarding grants through a competitive application and review process.