PORT HENRY The town of Moriah has received a $400,000 federal grant for improvements to water service in Witherbee. The Department of Housing and Urban Development grant was announced at the Oct. 9 Moriah town board meeting. This is really good news, Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. The money will be used to replace water mains and service laterals in the Wasson Street area of water district 2. The current pipes are 90 years old. The $400,000 grant is expected to cover the cost of all the work, meaning local residents will not have to pay anything extra. Once this work is done, water district 2 will be in good shape for a while, Scozzafava said. When you replace a line on Wasson Street it affects more than just the residents of Wasson Street, he explained. Its an improvement for the entire district. The town board hopes to put the Wasson Street project out for bid this winter and have the work completed next summer. Moriah applied for the same grant in 2006 and was unsuccessful. Persistence on the part of the town paid off, Scozzafava said. When we were unsuccessful in 2006 we went back to our application, beefed it up and tried again. The supervisor credited Vic Putman, director of the Essex County Community Development and Planning Office, for his efforts on the grant application.