HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -- The Village of Horseheads is getting a lot of help from the state and federal government to repair a local water well.
The flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee compromised one of the village's wells, causing the health department to order a filtration system installed. Since then, the well has been functional, but needed upgrades.
Now, the village is getting $4.4 million in grants to install a sand filter filtration system. Leaders say this will benefit not only the village but surrounding areas for the next 50 years.
"If high waters should compromise our well again, we still have a filtration system in that will really handle anything. The quality of water will improve, we have great water but it's going to make it even better. It's just a great safety net for taxpayers of the village and like Walt said, there's no cost to our taxpayers," said Village of Horseheads Mayor Donald Zeigler.
A developer still needs to be chosen to build the system.
The construction should take about one year.