11/14/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/14/2017 13:20
USDA Funding Will Be Used to Make Critical Water System Upgrades
Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $825,000 in federal assistance for the Town of Murray in Orleans County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Specifically, the Town of Murray will receive a loan of $456,000 and a grant of $369,000. This funding will finance construction of a water system that will extend public water service to 21 residential users who currently have inadequate access to safe and portable water in water district #3 located in Orleans County.
'This federal investment is good news for the town of Murray,' said Senator Schumer. 'These federal funds for the Town of Murray will help boost economic development, protect public health and support critical water infrastructure upgrades. I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue to fight to make sure that rural communities have the tools they need to grow and prosper.'
'This is an important investment for the Town of Murray,' said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. 'These federal funds will help facilitate a critical project that will bring safe and reliable water to residents in the Town of Murray. I will continue to fight for funding in the Senate that protects the health and quality of life for residents and improve economic development opportunities in our state.'
John Morriss, Murray Town Supervisor, stated 'Water District #3 Ext #1 is the latest water district in the Town of Murray to be funded by USDA Rural Development. The Town currently owns and operates over 265,000 feet of water lines in 15 water districts. This water district extension will bring safe, reliable, potable water and fire protection to 21 households adding approximately 15,000 feet of water lines. We at the Town of Murray appreciate Rural Development's continuing support of our infrastructure improvements.'
USDA Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Program 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.