Cheektowaga awarded $5 million grant for sewers

CHEEKTOWAGA – Additional state aid is coming to the Town of Cheektowaga to help fix sewer issues that led to a DEC consent order.

Cheektowaga has received another $5 million state grant through the Water Quality Improvement Program state and local lawmakers announced late last week.  This is Cheektowaga’s third $5 million grant for sewer improvements, totaling $15 million in grants and another $15 million in zero-interest loans.

“Cheektowaga has been relining our sanitary sewers at an incredible rate and we are seeing positive results because of this work,” said Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.  “This is a monumental challenge for our town, but we have been working collaboratively with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, our local partners and stakeholders for many years to develop and enact a plan to eliminate the inflow and infiltration of storm water into our sanitary sewers and subsequently reduce the overflow of raw sewage into our local waterways.”

Cheektowaga has relined over 30% of its sewers under a consent order from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with 86 out of a total 237 miles completed. The grant will allow the town to reline another 30 miles of sanitary sewer.

The lawmakers also announced a $4.3 million grant for the Village of Sloan through the same program.  Cheektowaga Chronicle broke the news of the monies a few weeks ago.  Combined with a recent $1.5 million grant, the monies will enable the village to fully complete the relining and/or replacement of all deficient sewers in their system.

The massive project aims to reduce the amount of diluted raw sewage that enters area waterways when the sewer system is overloaded by precipitation.

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