State Sen. Pam Helming announced $27.5 million for water projects throughout the region

Thirteen water projects will share in $27.5 million across the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, Thursday announced the funds, which include money for projects in Farmington, Geneva and Richmond in Ontario County.

These taxpayer dollars will go for upgrading municipal and residential water supplies, improving wastewater treatment, and combating harmful algal blooms in the Finger Lakes. Helming stated that she fought for these funds to be included in this year’s state budget and to be used for projects in her 54th state Senate District.

Helming mentioned the threat of harmful blue-green algal blooms and her efforts to address the problem: “As State Senator, I have made it one of my foremost priorities to preserve our Finger Lakes, protect our water supply, and address issues related to blue-green algae and harmful algal blooms. With this funding, my colleagues and I are reaffirming our commitment to supporting our communities in their mission to keep our lakes and our water as clean, clear, and pure as possible. I was proud to lead the fight to include this money in the state budget,” Helming stated.

Funding for area water projects announced earlier this year included money to help the town of Geneva establish the position of Seneca Lake Watershed Manager; $500,000 toward Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority construction of a regional water storage facility and regional wastewater treatment facility; and $700,000 for the town of Canandaigua to construct a water main and increase water pressure in areas of the town and surrounding communities.

Helming hosts water quality roundtable discussions and works with groups including Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council and Finger Lakes Institute.

The list of projects in the current round of funds include:

• Village of Clyde, Wayne County — wastewater treatment plant improvements, $575,075

• Town of Farmington, Ontario County — Brickyard Road tank and transmission main improvements, $3,614,400

• Town of Geneva, Ontario County — water system capacity improvements, $2,862,236

• Village of Interlaken, Seneca County — storage and distribution improvements and flood remediation at well site, $3,000,000

• Village of Interlaken, Seneca County — wastewater treatment plant improvements, $1,227,250

• Town of Junius, Seneca County — extension of No. 3 water district, $736,800

• Ontario County — Honeoye Lake wastewater treatment plant improvements, $1,670,000

• Town of Ontario, Wayne County — wastewater treatment plant improvements, $1,250,000

• Village of Rushville, Ontario County — wastewater treatment plant improvements, $937,500

• Town of Walworth, Wayne County — water pollution control facility improvements, $594,125

• Wayne County — Western Wayne County Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, $5,000,000

• Town of Webster, Monroe County — wastewater treatment plant improvements, $3,000,000

• Town of Williamson, Wayne County — wastewater treatment plant improvements, $3,000,000