State Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Gary Finch have secured $500,000 in state funding for Wells College to replace its aging water filtration system. The current system is unable to filter out harmful algal blooms that threaten Cayuga Lake.
Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods said on Monday’s Finger Lakes Morning News the announcement over the weekend may avert a potential catastrophe.
In a statement, Senator Helming says the funding is the end result of a year and a half of work with the village and the college to ensure families and businesses in Aurora have safe, clean water when they turn on the tap, while Assemblyman Finch calls the money a wise investment in public health and public safety.
Woods cautioned that there is still work to be done.
He added the long term situation still needs to be addressed. Wells College wants to get out of the water business after supplying water to the Village of Aurora for nearly 100 years.