(Kingston, NY) – Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D – Ulster, Dutchess) announced today that the Village of Red Hook has been granted $3.8 million in low-interest financing through the New York State Drinking Water Revolving Fund. These funds, jointly administered by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and New York State Department of Health, will be used to replace an outdated 225,000 gallon water storage tank and make much needed repairs and upgrades to the existing distribution system.
“Investments in the in the maintenance of a quality and sustainable drinking water supply is one of the most important commitments the state has to its residents and businesses,” said Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill, Representative of the 103rd Assembly District. “This $3.8 million loan is a reasonable and affordable means for the Village of Red Hook to purchase a modern holding reservoir and to develop an adequate delivery network that will be reliable over the long-term.”
The Village of Red Hook’s existing collection basin was constructed in the 1930’s and the disbursement system itself is over 120 years old. Corroding pipes and aging infrastructure have simply not been able to keep up with increasing user demands, leading to several leaks and breaks over the past year that have cost the Village over $30,000 to fix. These monies will provide for a new storage vessel and allow the Village to greatly improve water transfer without significantly increasing rates for residents and businesses to support the projects.
“We have had to designate significant portions of our Village budget this year to making short-term repairs and applying temporary fixes to the water distribution network,” said Ed Blundell, Mayor of the Village of Red Hook. “This $3.8 million low-interest loan is the most cost-effective way to replace the existing water tower and continue the system-wide overhaul that will result in the reliable delivery of quality drinking water to residents and businesses alike.”
“The Village of Tivoli, just north of the Village of Red Hook, is experiencing similar issues with their infrastructure that demands our immediate attention,” said Assemblyman Cahill. “I remain committed to assisting in the remediation of these ailments so that this community will too have a safe and dependable water source.”