Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Town of Ripley has been awarded $455,300 in Rural Development funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the establishment of a water district in Ripley.
“This funding will play a major role in providing clean water to Ripley residents and farm industries, which play a major role in the local economy” said Congressman Higgins.
With sales in 2004 reaching $115.7 million, Chautauqua County ranks 8th among the 55 most important agriculture counties in New York State.
In addition to the grant, the Town of Ripley will receive a loan from the USDA for $371,000 through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funds will be used for the construction of water lines to provide water along 2.5 miles of Route 5.
"Access to clean and abundant water is essential to improving the quality of life in rural New York," said Patrick H. Brennan, State Director of USDA Rural Development in New York. "This funding demonstrates USDA Rural Development's commitment to the health and well-being of the Town of Ripley's residents."