Erie receives funds for water projects

March 4, 2019

ERIE – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos recently announced $125,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funds will be awarded to Erie to help with water department repairs and construction.

The water systems improvement project will include a new filtration plant to help with higher than normal levels of nitrates in the water. High levels of nitrates can cause “blue baby syndrome,” including shortness of breath, in babies younger than 6 months old, and pose a risk to pregnant women. Other adults and children older than 6 months are unaffected.

Village Mayor Marcia Smith said the village has had one nitrate reading that was elevated.

“We do have a new well, and no problems since then,” Smith said.

The village board approved a bid of $779,200 in December from Leander Construction Inc. from Canton, to build the plant.

The village also will have water tower painting and repairs done by L + T Painting from Mount Morris. The board approved a bid of $455,240 from the company at the May meeting.

Along with the $125,000 and a $194,000 grant, the village also has a $1.42 million USDA grant. Some of the money also will go to purchase new water meters.

Smith said all of the work will come to about $1.73 million, but didn’t have a timeframe for when work would begin.