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The Town of Collins has received $110,000 in additional financing to complete its water system improvements.

The $53,300 grant and $56,700 low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program announced this week is on top of a $497,500 grant and $637,500 loan to the town earlier this year.

"We're replacing 18,000 feet of line and the water tower," said Daniel Stroud, the town's water superintendent.

"The system was in dire need. There have been water main breaks where the line has decayed over the years and has blown out 8- or 10-inch holes."

The town has replaced its water tower on Route 75 in Collins Center with one about 1 1/2 miles away on Route 39, near Brewer Road. The new tower will be next to the pumping station for the town's Water District No. 3.

The improvements will allow the town to eliminate in-home booster pumps, which the Erie County Health Department had required when water pressure for about 160 homes in the Collins Center area had fallen below 20 pounds per square inch.


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