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Published On: Mon, Nov 19th, 2018

Troy Receives Much Needed Infrastructure Grant

Troy, New York will receive grants to help support 20 infrastructure projects in the region. The grants will total $41.5 million and will be used for municipal water projects. The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Grant programs will help fund the grants.

Troy will be receiving the grants in different phases, with a $10 million grant being dispersed for the first phase of water line development.

photo/ Steve Buissinne

The first phase will help create a new water line, using state-of-the-art equipment to develop a new water line between the John P. Buckley Water Treatment Plant and the Tomhannock Reservoir.  According to Primeline Products, Inc “Modern technologies allow the reinstatement of an entire vertical waste pipe from a single access point”.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the grants, and claims that the replacement of aging infrastructure is vital to the health and safety of the region. The grants will provide residents and businesses with cleaner water and access to water systems that are not almost a century old.

Financing for the project was required to be in place before the application for the grant was made. The City Council decided to help fund the project with a $40 million bonding in August. Officials were concerned that the bonding was too much, but they decided that safe drinking water for communities is of the utmost importance.

The grants may also be able to provide new customer opportunities, opening the door to safer drinking water for many.

Taxpayers also welcome the grant, which will help offset some of the costs that were placed on taxpayers.

Mains in the current water line are over 100 years old, and while officials claim that the water lines are not “horrible,” they have reached the end of their lifespan. The pipes are essential for carrying water to North Troy, and then it is treated in outdoor basins. The water is currently fed through a series of pipes and filters until the water is deemed safe to drink.

Officials in Troy were concerned that investors would not want to invest in the city due to the aging infrastructure. Some residents may have also chosen to live in other cities because of the infrastructure issues that the city may have faced.

Water main breaks that devastated the area, like the one in Lansingbugh in 2016, were, at least to some degree, to blame on aging piping systems. After the first phase of the project is complete, city officials plan to start working within city limits to replace old lines, which either are causing a problem or have a high risk of failure.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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