POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said Wednesday that the city will receive an additional $1 million in grants from the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.
The grants increase the money the city has received as a result of the state act to $3 million, according to a statement from Rolison’s office.
According to the mayor, the money will go toward the construction of two 2.5 million-gallon storage tanks at College Hill Park near the existing reservoirs. The goal of that project is to provide greater tank reliability for the city while “improving water quality and fire flow.”
A second part of the project is expected to improve the city's water distribution systems, according to the mayor. The distribution system improvements include replacing an aging and undersized water main with a new cement-lined ductile iron water main, according to Rolison, who said that other sections of the water main where leaks frequently occur will also be targeted.
“Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York state leads the nation with the largest annual investment in water-quality infrastructure,” said Sabrina M. Ty, president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. “As New York state moves aggressively to modernize our statewide infrastructure, this $3 million grant, coupled with EFC’s zero-interest financing, will enable the city of Poughkeepsie to continue to provide reliable access to safe drinking water.”
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