Town of Wallkill Receives Cost-Saving Infrastructure Hardening Grant and Loan

KC Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. (KC), as Town of Wallkill Consulting Engineers, has successfully applied for and received a 25% grant and 75% zero interest loan through a grant program funded by the Federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act designed to fund projects that reduce future storm damage risk and enhance resiliency for natural disasters.

As the Town was presently working on a project to modernize its water system and provide a centralized data acquisition and management system, KC researched the grant and loan to see if the Town qualified and aided in the application process for the modernization project.

A system-wide modernization and installation of a supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA) has been installed to monitor all of the facilities that serve the Wallkill Consolidated Water District, which will allow for faster emergency response times and remote monitoring of critical system processes. This project, which received about $716,000 in grant funding and about $2.2 million from a zero interest loan, will be completed in the fall of 2015.

This will provide the Town with a net financial benefit of $2 million, between the grant funding and loan interest savings, on a project that was already planned and being implemented. The Town is currently pursuing a second project through this program, which will provide emergency water through interconnections to adjoining water systems. This project will provide water connectivity to the Town of Wallkill, Village of Goshen, and City of Middletown to increase their resiliency in the face of natural disasters and other emergencies.

"This grant and loan funding from the Federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act will allow not only the Town of Wallkill to improve our water infrastructure through our water modernization project, but will also allow the Town of Wallkill, Village of Goshen, and City of Middletown to become more resilient to water emergencies through the water interconnectivity project," said Town of Wallkill Supervisor Mr. Daniel Depew. "If a natural disaster or some kind of water emergency occurs, all three municipalities will be able to utilize the adjoining water systems to provide for the water needs of its residents."