Washington, DC—Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Town of Ripley has been awarded $203,700 in Rural Development funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the completion of a water district in Ripley. This funding is in addition to the $435,300 USDA grant and $371,000 USDA Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program loan that Ripley received for 2006. The total funding will be enough to complete this project.
“This grant is crucial to the health of the people in the Ripley Water District #2,” said Higgins. “Finishing the water district project will bring this area up to high quality water standards, something that every resident is entitled to. I applaud USDA for their efforts on behalf of rural Western New Yorkers.”
“We’re pleased to help the Town of Ripley finish this important project,” said Patrick H. Brennan, State Director for USDA Rural Development in New York. “The new water district will improve water quality and service for Ripley residents and is evidence of USDA Rural Development's commitment to New York's rural communities.”
Rural Development funds will be used for the cost overrun due to cost increases from escalation/inflation, crude oil price increases, and the easterly extension of Water District #2. Establishing this WD#2 will provide potable water along 2.5 miles of Route 5 in the Town of Ripley and will satisfy the health concerns of the Dept of Health, therefore improving the quality of life for all receiving this service.