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State awards $5 million grant to help fix Cheektowaga's sewage overflows

Correcting inflow and infiltration into Cheektowaga's sewer lines will be the chief aim of a $5 million state grant to improve the town's wastewater system, state and town officials said Thursday.

The grant comes from the state's $2.5 billion pool of money allocated for water quality improvements.

It will help Cheektowaga with its ongoing efforts to line its sanitary sewer pipes to prevent groundwater from getting into them and inundating its treatment plants during heavy rains. Damaged pipes will also be repaired or replaced.

The work should reduce how much untreated sewage is released to Scajaquada Creek, officials said.

"Every strategic investment in protecting and cleaning up our water resources is an investment in our economy and quality of life," said Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper.

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