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State gives $1.2 million to ECWA for Amherst water main repairs

New York State is giving a $1.3 million grant to the Erie County Water Authority to pay for critical repairs to water transmission systems in Amherst that serve 215,000 customers in the Northtowns but have a history of breaks.

The money will pay for 60 percent of the $2.1 million cost to replace a 36-inch transmission main. The most notable water break involving this main took place in July 2016 and lasted for more than 24 hours, said Sean Dwyer, an ECWA spokesman.

The main is located east of the Youngmann Memorial Highway, between Millersport Highway and Sheridan Drive, and serves customers in Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Lancaster. Construction is set to begin next year and should take about one year.

The grant comes from the state Infrastructure Improvement Act, which provides $255 million toward essential drinking water and infrastructure projects across New York.

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