Governor Kathy Hochul today confirmed the allocation of $66 million for water infrastructure upgrades across New York State.
The funding, approved by the Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors, will provide municipalities with access to low-cost short-term financing and grants, facilitating essential water and sewer infrastructure projects.
The projects aim to reduce water pollution, improve drinking water supplies, and modernize aging systems and facilities. “This $66 million investment supports local communities with the resources and technical expertise to start these essential projects, ensuring that New Yorkers have safe, clean water for generations to come,” said Governor Hochul.
Here are some local clean water projects that were approved:
- Village of Newark, Wayne County – $161,800 short-term interest-free financing, and $349,200 short-term interest-free financing with $511,000 grant from federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) General Supplemental funds for wastewater treatment plant disinfection improvements. Funding for water infrastructure from the BIL is administered by EFC through the State Revolving Funds.
- Village of Wayland, Steuben County – $1,125,000 short-term interest-free financing, $2,125,000 short-term market-rate financing and $750,000 WIIA grant for the planning, design and construction of wastewater treatment plant improvements.
- Village of Naples, Ontario County – $4,812,577 long-term interest-free financing for the planning, design and construction of a new collection system and wastewater treatment plant.
- Village of Odessa, Schuyler County – $4,071,125 long-term interest-free financing for the planning, design and construction of a new collection system and wastewater treatment plant.
The fund will support initiatives through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and grants from the Water Infrastructure Improvement and Intermunicipal Grant programs. Maureen A. Coleman, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO, said the financing and grants approved will help communities undertake vital projects, removing financial barriers and protecting public health and the environment.
The significant investments will help local governments upgrade essential infrastructure, contributing to New York’s water quality. In addition to safeguarding public health, the infrastructure projects are seen as a critical prerequisite for economic growth, supporting new housing, jobs, and economic activity across the state. Officials across the board, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Health Commissioner, applauded the initiative for its focus on improving public health and boosting the economy.
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