MEXICO, N.Y.— The town of Mexico has taken another step toward providing more access to public potable water for more property owners.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, announced Tuesday the town of Mexico has been awarded $280,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Water and Waste Disposal loan program, which town officials said will go toward the implementation of the locality’s fifth public water district.

The project was voted on by the town’s legislative body in March 2018, and will create a public water district that could service up to 105 properties, according to Mexico Town Clerk Liz Dishaw. The district — projected to cost slightly above $2 million — will run through Grandview Avenue near the Lake Ontario shoreline, down county Routes 11, 58 and 69 and through La Casse, Halladay and Rowe Roads.

Mexico Town Supervisor David Anderson said the federal funds will help shore up some “higher-than-anticipated” construction costs.

“It is very positive for the town and we are grateful we received the grant,” Anderson said. “One of the reasons we decided to form the district is that there are people that have inadequate water supply. We are trying to help them out. That is what we are elected to do, trying to provide with services they need.”

Dishaw noted the town has received bids from a few contractors but has not decided on one yet. She added the town expects to begin construction on the water district before seasonal snowfalls hit the municipality.

Brindisi, whose district encapsulates the northern part of Oswego County, noted in a press release the importance of providing access to “safe and drinkable water” for upstate communities.

“These funds will help Mexico provide potable water to residents,” he said. “I am proud to fight for strong funding for USDA rural development and any program that can help bring better infrastructure to upstate New York.”

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