The Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) has announced the completion of a
$4.6 million water transmission main replacement between Millersport Highway and Sheridan Drive in the town of Amherst.
The project included the installation of 2,800 linear feet of 36” diameter transmission main that services large portions of the towns of Amherst and Cheektowaga. Construction began in January of 2020 and continued throughout the year until its recent completion in late December. The project was undertaken due to the age of the former transmission main as well break history, which are closely monitored by ECWA’s professional engineering staff, line maintenance department, and geographical information system (GIS). A $1.3 million grant under the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act helped underwrite project.
“We are pleased to have reached the completion of this important project, which was one of the final components of our 2020 infrastructure investment program,” said ECWA Chairman Jerome Schad. “ECWA is committed to providing a high quality product and dependable service delivery to our customers and the most effective way to do that is to adequately invest in our system infrastructure.”
The transmission main project is part of an overall $317 million five-year infrastructure investment plan. ECWA’s 2021 budget includes $55.2 million for system-wide infrastructure upgrades, including $36.5 million for new transmission and distribution mains throughout its service district.