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New York lawmakers propose program for crumbling water pipes

Small upstate New York communities faced with dilapidated wooden pipes rumored to be more than 100 years old need state money to repair water system infrastructure on the verge of collapse, a group of lawmakers said Thursday.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined officials in proposing a program that would provide annual repair and maintenance funds to villages, towns and cities based on the size of their water systems.

Sen. Jim Tedisco said the state’s outdated pipes, water towers and stormwater management systems could collapse, threatening public health and disrupting economic development.

The Glenville Republican said water main breaks cost small communities thousands of dollars each year in damage to new roads.

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