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Pawling receives money for water system upgrade

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Residents who live on Whaley Lake in Pawling were relieved to hear their water system, which, for many years, they couldn't drink out of, is getting an upgrade, thanks in part to Governor Andrew Cuomo. YNN's Michael Howard has more.

PAWLING, N.Y. -- Pawling resident Phil DeRosa, as well as many other homeowners who live along Whaley Lake were thankful Friday, after hearing news their water system is finally getting an upgrade.

“People spent a lot of money on having drinking water delivered or they would be running to the A &P to buy bottled water,” said DeRosa.

A $2.7 million interest-free financing upgrade is coming to the towns Shore Haven Water System, as part of a $451 million initiative by Governor Andrew Cuomo to improve clean water infrastructure projects across the state.

“The age of the water system has deteriorated over time,” said Executive Director of the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority Bridget Barclay. “It is facing a very significant need for capital improvements.”

From 2005 to 2012, a “no-drinking” ban was placed on the system due to poor water quality, which at the time, was run by volunteers like Phil DeRosa, who says he had his hands tied.

“Only 10 percent of the people come up for the summer, where 90 percent of them live here, so it’s a bigger drain and taxing on the water system. We didn’t have the fund to keep upgrading,” DeRosa said.

The project has already begun and residents will save an average of $700 in taxes, money that would have gone towards funding a new system.

“It’s a great way to use public money to leverage a borrowing,” said Barclay. “Projects get done and the homeowners save money.”

The project will be completed by the end of 2014.

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