Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced $400,000 in funding secured in the fiscal year 2006 Interior Appropriations bill for Chadwick Bay West End Water Project in Dunkirk.
Funding for the West End Water Project is being coordinated by the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation in the City of Dunkirk and the towns of Dunkirk, Pomfret and Portland. This funding will assist in water main repair along Route 5 to create adequate fire pressure for area residents and business. The limited pressure in the water mains is extremely problematic because the service area includes not only residents and businesses in multiple townships, but also the Chautauqua County Home, a 216-bed senior facility where the average tenant age is 85 years of age and tenants typically have chronic health issues. Because of the recognized inadequacy of the water mains to provide for fire protection, the Chautauqua County Home built a 30,000 gallon storage tank on their premises to protect the facility.
“The much needed water pressure repairs for the people and businesses in Northern Chautauqua County will have immeasurable impact on fire safety in the region,” said Congressman Higgins. “These improvements better the quality of life in Chautauqua County and I am pleased that I was able to secure this critical funding.”
Due to severe tuberculation in these mains, the flow volumes available for these service areas are extremely limited and inadequate for fire service. The planned improvements will increase fire flows from 450 gallons per minute to 1,400 gallons per minute with an increase in residual pressures in the system by restoring the existing 12” and 10” water mains; this will provide adequate fire protection for the affected communities.
The total project cost is $750,000. In addition to Congressman Higgins’ $400,000 federal appropriation, $250,000 has been secured through the State, and the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation has plans to cover the rest of the project cost.