(WNY News Now) – Governor Kathy Hochul has revealed a $20 million investment for critical water infrastructure enhancements in Erie County. This funding will empower the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) to embark on an $80 million revitalization project, including the overhaul of water filters treating 60 million gallons daily from Lake Erie, which have remained mostly unchanged for seven decades.
Buffalo – “Water preservation is paramount; neglecting our water systems endangers our communities,” declared Governor Hochul. She emphasized the significance of securing clean drinking water access for over 500,000 residents in the long term.
The initiative marks the initiation of a major overhaul benefiting approximately 180,000 customers served by the Van de Water Treatment Plant. The endeavor aims to counter service disruptions, accommodate higher demands, and extend the life of water infrastructure, ensuring a reliable supply for ECWA’s extensive customer base.
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation CEO Maureen A. Coleman applauded Governor Hochul’s dedication to water safety, underlining the state’s substantial investments in modernizing water infrastructure.
The Erie County endeavor aligns with New York’s broader commitment to clean water. Governor Hochul’s proposal to establish Community Assistance Teams for aiding small and disadvantaged communities in addressing water infrastructure needs further underscores this commitment.