Pictured, local officials and dignitaries break ground on the North Chautauqua County Water District in the Town of Dunkirk, N.Y.
DUNKIRK, N.Y.:--The long-awaited North Chautauqua County Water District broke ground today in the Town of Dunkirk. This $15 million regional project will provide reliable clean water from the City of Dunkirk to the participating communities at a lower overall cost to consumers to help meet the current and future needs of Northern Chautauqua County.
The process started in 2012 with a kick-off meeting held at the Clarion in the City of Dunkirk, where over 100 local and State officials were present to discuss the steps that would be taken over the next several years to address the potable water needs for the region. The result was the establishment of the North Chautauqua County Water District by the County in December 2015. The District will be responsible for purchasing water from the City of Dunkirk and then selling and distributing it to the Village of Brocton, North County Industrial Water District, and Towns of Sheridan, Pomfret, Dunkirk and Portland.
The District will also be responsible for the construction of approximately 12 miles of water main that will result in a continuous water main from the Village of Silver Creek to the western town line of Portland. The project will also include the construction of two new water storage tanks and a pump station that will supply water to the Village of Brocton, taking the place of the Brocton water treatment plant being taken off-line. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in the summer of 2018.
“As one of the Supervisors that has advocated for this project for many years, I am excited for the start of this project and the continuation of the spirit of collaboration it has brought to this area.” said Pomfret Town Supervisor and North Chautauqua County Water District Chairman Don Steger.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo previously provided the project with over $2 million in New York State grant funding from Empire State Development. Funding has also been obtained from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, in both low interest loans and grants.
The lead engineer for the project is Clark Patterson Lee, with offices throughout NY including Jamestown and Buffalo. The contractor for the initial phase of work is Kandey Construction out of West Seneca.
“This regional project marks the largest regional initiative ever undertaken in Chautauqua County,” said Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. “After nine years of working to create a regional solution that would bring safe and reliable drinking water to residents in Northern Chautauqua County, this groundbreaking is an exciting milestone in our County’s history. Although the process of creating a regional water district was in the works before I became County Executive, I am proud to have helped it reach this important milestone. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Catharine Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, former County Executive Greg Edwards, our local municipal leaders, Clark Patterson Lee and all of our partners.”