DUNKIRK – The long-awaited North Chautauqua County Water District broke ground Friday in the Town of Dunkirk. Officials say once completed, the $15 million regional project will provide reliable clean water from the City of Dunkirk to the participating communities in Northern Chautauqua County, all at a lower overall cost to consumers.
In December 2015 the county established the North Chautauqua County Water District, which is responsible for purchasing water from the City of Dunkirk and then selling and distributing it to the Village of Brocton, North County Industrial Water District, and Towns of Sheridan, Pomfret, Dunkirk and Portland.
The District will also be responsible for the construction of storage tanks and approximately 12 miles of water main that will result in a continuous water main from the Village of Silver Creek to the western town line of Portland. The project is anticipated that the project will be completed in the summer of 2018.
The project is being funded through bonds that will be paid back by the district, along with $2 million in grant funding from Empire State Development.