Over $1.4 million federal funding for Kerhonkson water infrastructure


WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture has awarded the Town of Wawarsing $1.5 million to renovate water infrastructure.

The money will be used to replace 12,490 feet of outdated, asbestos-cement piping and cast iron piping with new pipes made using modern materials.

The funding will also be used to replace water storage tanks.

Town Supervisor Terry Houck said another project will be tackled after the water line installation.

“We also have an active, long overdue sidewalk project in Kerhonkson also so once we get the water lines in, then we can do sidewalks, which we have grants for also,” he said.

“With these rural development funds, we will improve our water infrastructure by replacing 9,360 linear feet of asbestos-cement piping and 3,120 linear feet of cast iron piping with properly sized, modern piping,” said Houck.

New water meters are also being installed for all district accounts.

The funding is part of the Rural Economic Area Partnership Zone designation for the Town of Wawarsing.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the grant.