The Alden Town Board announced Tuesday night the receipt of a study grant, the first step toward the long-overdue Water District No. 5, serving residents of southeast Alden and northeast of Marilla.
The project is desired by many town residents who do not have suitable water, according to Councilman William Weber, who recently noted that one resident sold his washing machine because of the lack of decent water.
"There is such a poor quality of water and lack of water that he couldn't even do his wash," Weber said. "This is an ongoing problem that many residents have to face."
However, thanks to a state grant, the town will receive $193,500 to conduct the feasibility study on the proposed district.
Town Supervisor Ronald Smith, who expressed cautious optimism, said the town still has "a long way to go for funding for this proposal, but it is a step in the right direction."
The grant will answer questions such as where the water will come from and how residents can afford it, Weber said.