Sinclairville to get $5M for water lines

SINCLAIRVILLE – The money has come to take care of Sinclairville’s water woes.

“We’ve got great news to pass along tonight,” Mayor Ken France said at the village board meeting.

France received a letter this week from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation stating Sinclairville is eligible for a grant of $5 million to replace and repair water lines.

The Sinclairville Village Board wrote to the state last year seeking financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund which in response has provided two separate amounts – a $2 million grant and $3 million in interest free loan for 30 years.

“This is huge for the residents of Sinclairville,” France said.

A preliminary engineering report of the village’s water supply system performed in 2011 concluded that the many improvements were needed. The report showed old and undersized water mains and service line failures.

Two hundred and seventeen residents currently rely on Sinclairville’s water distribution system which consists of two groundwater supply wells, a 240,000 gallon water storage tank and a distribution system comprised of approximately 37,900 linear feet of water main. A review of water production and water sales from 2010 to 2011 also identified a high volume of unaccounted for water.

There is no word yet on when the construction and repair will begin.

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