The village of Cobleskill will receive more than $2.3 million in federal funds to make repairs to its water supply system and water treatment plant, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Wednesday.
Schumer explained the $2,325,000 will be allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and provide a significant portion of the total funding for a water system improvement project.
He went on to say that Cobleskill is home to three major reservoirs that need improvements, as well as a water treatment plant in need of repairs.
The project will include improvements to the water treatment plant and Dow Reservoir as well as dredging and repair of Cobleskill’s dam spillway.
“This water supply project brings many benefits to village of Cobleskill residents, from preventing future flood damage, to repairing the water treatment plant and Dow Reservoir, to protecting the water supply,” Schumer said.
In February, Schumer wrote a letter to FEMA urging it to swiftly approve funding for the project.
Schumer said the Capital Region has been identified as a top priority for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which will now expedite funds to Cobleskill so the project can begin.
The purpose of the program is to reduce damage to property and danger to life during natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster, according to a news release from Schumer’s office.