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Kenmore awarded $1.7 million grant for sewer system improvements

The Village of Kenmore was awarded a $1.7 million water quality improvement grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to line sanitary sewer trunk lines and rehabilitate manhole covers.

The goal is to decrease rainwater infiltration and avoid unnecessary wastewater treatment.

Mayor Patrick Mang said the grant is not expected to end a surcharge that was added to water and sewer bills in 2016 when the village borrowed money for state-mandated water and sewer work.

"It's a lot of money and it's going to address a lot of our issues, but not all of them," said Mang. "You want to treat just sewage, rather than infiltration of rainwater. This should also reduce (treatment) costs in the long run."

The state also awarded grants for sanitary improvement repairs to Depew, which received $680,000, and Cheektowaga, which received $5 million.

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