Federal funding, amounting to $401,000, was awarded to the town of Sterling last week by the state’s U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, according to a press release.
The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Grant Program, will expand clean drinking water for residents by financing the construction of Water District #3 in the town. The service area has no municipal water system and residents rely on wells — which currently don’t meet the state’s sanitary standards for water quality and quantity.
This funding is in addition to a $1.27 million loan and $550,000 grant awarded in January for the same project.
The project includes installing approximately 25,000 feet of water main distribution pipes, hydrants and valves. The new system will serve around 90 residents.