Village of Canton seeking grant to help pay for water meter replacement
BY PAUL MITCHELL
North Country This Week
CANTON – A $773,800 bill to replace nearly 800 water meters could be cut in half or even third quarters if the village lands a grant through a Green Innovation Grant program.
Trustee Anna Sorensen updated village board members at a June 15 meeting on the water meters replacement process.“We’ve been in the process of replacing meters for some time now,” Sorensen said.
Village Superintendent Timothy Bacon noted that, to date, around 500 water meters have been replaced. There are 1,300 water meters in the village.
“There’s a shelf life of 15 to 20 years,” Bacon said.
Mayor Michael Dalton noted the importance of proceeding with the meter replacement program.
“When they are not reading properly, they tend to read low,” Dalton said.
The board agreed to have Leigh Rodriguez, director of economic development, submit the grant application. The Green Innovation Grant program is administered by the Environmental Facilities Corporation.
Through the Governor's Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process, the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) supports projects across New York State that utilize unique EPA-designated green stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies.
Competitive grants are awarded annually to projects that improve water quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through the implementation of one or more of the following green practices: Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency and Environmental Innovation.
The deadline to apply is July 29.